Trial Of Juvenile In Adult Courts
The issue about Juvenile rights has been heard in most nations, some saying that juveniles should be treated as adults when they commit crimes while others were saying that they should be treated as children even in chains. Perhaps, this debate comes as result of young children committing crimes that are similar and stronger to the crimes being perpetrated by adults (Grisso, 2003). Therefore, this has raised the antenna for sentencing juveniles as adults by the weight of the offense committed. However, this issue should be considered by doing the right research to evaluate if there is a positive change in doing this sentence and trying them in adult’s courts.
The juveniles who have committed crimes like murder and sometimes robbery with violence should be tried in the adult’s courts since the offenses are heavy and deserve a serious hearing and perhaps punishment. Moreover, trying them in adults courts and not juvenile courts will give them a blow that the crimes they have committed deserves such punishment as opposed to the trial at the juvenile courts where they are going to pampered with the other children who have done minor crimes like abuses. However, the issue of rehabilitation has been a challenge to this kind of trial due to the study carried out by a Columbia University researcher Jeffrey Fagan, and he made a conclusion that there is perhaps no difference made to change the juveniles by trying them in adult’s courts (Bishop,2000).
Therefore, when this young child commits this enormous crime and are arrested they should be tried in adult’s courts to show the magnitude of the offense and for them to get the right punishment. This medium will help the plaintiff to understand that the one who offended him or she is facing the right punishment as per the crimes committed. Not forgetting the friends of the Juveniles will hear about what their friend are going through and probably they will fear to commit crimes due to the harsh treatments in courts.
Bishop, D. M. (2000). Juvenile offenders in the adult criminal justice system. Crime and Justice, 27, 81-167.
Grisso, T., Steinberg, L., Woolard, J., Cauffman, E., Scott, E., Graham, S., … & Schwartz, R. (2003). Juveniles’ competence to stand trial: a comparison of adolescents’ and adults’ capacities as trial defendants. Law and human behavior, 27(4), 333.