psy 306 hw 8

psy 306 hw 8 - on their emotions and the choices they make...

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I think that the system that is in place now for determining whether to try an adolescent as a juvenile or an adult is fairly efficient because it requires an evaluation of five criteria on the crime and the offender. But this process is made difficult to determine whether or not an adolescent should be tried as a juvenile or an adult when they commit a crime because their crimes are usually so dependent on other factors like their environment and possible provocations for their behavior. The criteria evaluations are helpful because these are the issues it tries to determine. So much is going on biologically, cognitively, and socially for adolescents that many make impulsive and bad decisions. Adolescents are also still developing, especially in their brain, which has a large impact
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Unformatted text preview: on their emotions and the choices they make during this time. The environment adolescents are in also greatly affects whether or not they will commit a crime. For instance, Jos was involved in gang related violence but once he was removed from that setting he was able to turn himself around. I think that for a lot of adolescent offenders, many of them need a new, improved environment as well as therapy to help them get their life on track, like Jos. So, I believe that adolescents can be tried either as adults or juveniles it all depends on the circumstances surrounding the crime and whether or not it can be proven that the offender and their crime does or does not fit the evaluation criteria....
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