Should Teens Be Tried As Adults This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Should teenagers be tried as adults? Opinions differ. Some people argue that teenagers don't know what they are doing when they commit a crime and are still too young to comprehend what is right and wrong. I totally disagree. I am old enough to know that committing a crime is wrong and that if I commit one, I will be punished. Anyone who says teens can't tell right from wrong is either too old to remember what being a teenager is like or they are a teenager who has committed a crime and don't want to be tried as an adult. In either case, they are wrong. All teens know that killing is wrong, yet they do it anyway and get away with a light sentence because of their age. Even if a teen didn't know it was wrong, it doesn't mean it's right. They should still be punished. If they aren't, they willthink that crimes are okay and continue to commit them.

Teens today don't fear the law because they don't think they will get caught. And if they do, they know they have a good chance of getting off because they are tried as teens and not adults. We have to get tougher on crime. There should be a law that everyone over eleven years old will be tried as adults. That way more teens would be discouraged from committing crimes. They would know that murder would get them a very long sentence instead of staying in juvenile hall until they are eighteen. If we want to cut down on teen crime, we have to have tougher laws. ?

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Laney_lou said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm
I think that the age limit for being tried as an adult should be MINIMUM 20. Color has nothing to do with it. Our brains are all the same color and THAT is the reason teens make stupid decisions. Our Brains are not fully developed yet. Were lacking our decision making, rational thinking, and predicting consequences long-term.
deneerenee9 replied...
Mar. 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm
20? are you kidding? im 19 and ive known since i was 10 that killing is bad. There is absolutely NO excuse to kill. Our brains arent fully developed yet? PLEASE. dont make excuses for teen murderers. Our brains arent totally developed yet, but im pretty sure we know that killing is bad LOL. Seriously? Come on, wake up, GROW up, its people like you that make teen killers KEEP COMMITTING CRIMES!!!
sexilady777 replied...
Mar. 15, 2010 at 11:06 am
aight. heres my deal: just because u think someone should be tried as a teen if they are a teen s not making excuses. a teen is a teen. a teen is gunna believe something different than an adult would cuz theyre just that...A TEEN. teens do stupid things, yea, but sometimes instead of throwing them in jaail, they need help. now if u murder someone, its bad. but maybe u killed em cuz u didnt know how else to handle it. that shows that u werent thinkin straight n need help. i aint sidin wit murdere... (more »)
rcrev2010 replied...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 12:34 am
I agree with deneerenee9. Majority of teens have been brought up knowing between right and wrong. Why would you set an age limit at 20 if your legally an adult at 18? Are you saying your still immature at 18? If your allowed to vote at 18, then you should be mature enough to know that murdering someone is bad. And the whole brain development THEORY! Seriously lacking decision making? So your saying a teen can't decide on anything? Rational thinking? So you can't decide on something wit... (more »)
NaNae said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm
i had my first child at 14 i am now 18 and i knew that having a baby that early wasnt right but mistakes happen there should be no slack on these teen mureders
GagaOohLala. said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm
I know teens know from right and wrong, but seriously, they should be tried for WHAT THEY ARE--teens. Because in adult prisons, they're surrounded by people who most likely committed more serious crimes. How can they learn from their mistakes if they're in adult prisons? After all, the juvenile jails i know of consist of therapy sessions and help so they can grow up mature and responsible. Some people may say it depends on the crime, and I agree on the magnitude of the punishments. But... (more »)
deneerenee9 replied...
Mar. 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm
How can you say that adults probably have committed worse crimes? Yeah right, an adult female kills her husband, and a teen kills their brother. SAME THING. It doesnt matter whose was worse, its the fact that they committed that crime!!!!
marie679 said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 7:01 am
its not fair for teens to be tried as an adult....Yes, its true everyone does stupid stuff but that doesnt mean we dont deserve a second chance...right now teens that are of color are the ones getting charged and i dont agree with it....When teens caommite murder,or rape someone....thats when they deserve time....but no a life sentence
USUXBIG1 said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 10:13 am
I think is someone, juvenile age, murders someone, they should be tried as an adult. I am 13 and I know it is wrong. If you think about it, if your tried as a juvenile if you murder someone, you get less the sentence and they get out sooner thus they could commit the same crime faster, if they were to.
xLaFrekitax3 said...
Jan. 15, 2010 at 8:53 am
Well , i currently think that teens under 17 shouldnt be tried as an adult becuase they oviously dont know what they are doing . We teen's theese day's know what we do butt dont ack like it . We know whats wrong and whats right but when some thing pop's outt in our mined's we dont care and do what we want too do . but yeah some times we have to do thing's cuase it's eather you do it or your family gets involved . So yeah i think that teen's under 17 SHOUlDNT be... (more »)
deneerenee9 replied...
Mar. 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm
ummm people under 17 do too know what they are're saying a 16 yr old doesnt know that killing or raping someone is bad? Give me a break. I knew that was bad since I was 11. Obviously we know what we're doing because there are some teenagers who go their whole life WITHOUT KILLING.
bobgrlz said...
Jan. 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm
I honestly think it depends on the crime. We have to consider the amount of space in jails nowadays. But many teens are commiting crimes that are extremely serious. It's not right to change a sentence because of age.
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Kudos to you on this one! Steps could easily be taken to ensure that teenaged kids abide by teh laws; if we merely made a mandatory punishment, one that was guarenteed to be enforced, the rate of crime would drastically be reduced. If I wanted to smoke cigarettes, but knew that a year in juvy and a $1,000 fine were in my future, I'm putting the carton down and running! If I was a teenager considering murder, and I knew a life-sentence without parole was the lighest punishment I recieved,... (more »)
bella said...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 6:26 am
u say that teens dont get to smoke, vote or whatever until their adults YET you still see kids smoking under the age of 18? u think teens care anymore wat the law says, its beacause we let them get away that their so laid back. we all no that that saying teens arent mature enough is a load of bullshyt cuz there smart enough to knoe wat their doign so tehy can face the punisments for it too.
ashleighboo! replied...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 10:48 am
i dont care what the law says neither should anyboody else !
RLiang13 replied...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm
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taters said...
Dec. 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm
i agree with this article. i am 15 and i grew up learning right from wrong in my home and also my school. and yes i think they should be tried as adults like i said but i believe there should be another prison system because i think that there are wierd people in jail and they should and dont deserve to learn more bad habits. kids mainly with siblings will keep pushing and pushing on their nerves until they are displined by there parents and i am happy there is someone there to stop them and the... (more »)
xasanaar replied...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm
i totally this article that saying teen should be tried as an adult iam 14 and i know right from wrong!!!
Mz Mimi Baby replied...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm
i understand i have a two year old and he know right from wrong but it all starts at home
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