Teenagers that commit severe crimes should be tried as adults

Teenagers that commit severe crimes should be tried as adults

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Katie Putney Enc 1102 MWF 11:00 September 7, 2009 T EENAGERS THAT COMMIT SEVERE CRIMES SHOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS Whether the criminal is 13, 18, or 57 the crime is still the same no matter what their age is. Therefore, the punishment should be the same for each person. The basic punishment for a murder is life in prison. Everyone, no matter how old they are should have to serve this same sentence if proven guilty. This is a touchy subject with many opinions that are both strong. For instance, many people believe that younger teenagers and kids haven’t fully developed their way of thinking and don’t know right from wrong yet, so they should be let off easily. Also, kids shouldn’t be mixed with older inmates in the jails because this can be harmful to them mentally and physically. However, letting younger criminals off on a less severe punishment sends an unfair message to other criminals and doesn’t set I firm standard for the rest of the youth.
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