10 Reasons Why Juveniles Should Not Be Tried or Sentenced as Adults by Barbe Stamps with special assistance from David Berger

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

ONE CHILD AT A TIME

Monday, 31 October 2011

10 Reasons Why Juveniles Should Not Be Tried or Sentenced as Adults by Barbe Stamps with special assistance from David Berger

1It  is wrong to hold children and adolescents who have not reached legal  age to adult standards.  In other areas of law we recognize the  differences between children and adults.  Children are not permitted the  same rights and responsibilities as adults (e.g. voting, smoking,  joining the military) because we recognize their inability to make adult  decisions. Why don’t we recognize the same difference in the criminal  law?  We don’t say, “this is a very important election, so let’s let the kids vote“.  We don’t say, “this is a very important war so let’s give our children weapons  and send them to fight“.  So why do we say “this case is different and this…

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