Criminal Justice Paper on for Juveniles

Justice for Juveniles

There has been a debate on whether teens should bear equal punishment as adults when they commit serious crimes. Some people feel that a teen is still young and has not reached the age of making thoughtful decisions in life. Others feel that with the present enlightenment, teens can change their bad behavior and become good people. On the contrary, other people feel that everybody is equal irrespective of their age. Thus, the punishment for similar mistakes should be impartial. Nevertheless, teens should own up to their mistakes and face the consequences of their actions.

Nobody should defend young people when they commit crimes simply because they are young. If the authorities fail to punish them, committing a crime becomes a habit. Teenagers already understand that crimes such as murder, felony, or robberies with violence are serious offenses. They violate the law and hope to get light sentences such as probation (Nellis, 2015). If they are not punished, they will continue thinking that it is fine to commit crimes and get away with it. Juveniles are not afraid of the law and think they would not be held accountable for their actions just because they are not considered adult in the justice system. It is therefore imperative to punish teenagers if the government wants to bar them from committing crimes.

In addition, age does not justify ones’ action in crime. Parents should educate their kids about the repercussions of committing certain offenses. For instance, juveniles should know that they would be sentenced to death when they commit murder because nobody has the right to take someone else’s life regardless of his or her age (Nellis, 2015). Accordingly, everyone has a right to live, and therefore any affected family should receive justice as a result.

In conclusion, teens should be punished the same way as the adults when they commit serious crimes. No one is above the law irrespective of his or her age. Therefore, no one is supposed to defend the young offenders only based on their ages.



Nellis A. (2015). A return to justice: Rethinking our approach to juveniles in the system. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.