Parents have always warned teenagers against falling in with the wrong crowd, those kids they consider bad influences. Now a new study of juvenile detention in Montreal adds to the evidence that Mom and Dad may have a point. Compared with other kids with a similar history of bad behavior, those who entered the juvenile-justice system were nearly seven times more likely to be arrested for crimes as adults. Further, those who ended up being sentenced to juvenile prison were 37 times more likely to be arrested again as adults, compared with similarly misbehaved kids who were either not caught or not put into the system. It's more likely to increase the problem.
Why Juvenile Detention Makes Teens Worse
LA Youth » Essay Contest: Should teens be tried as adults?
I'm not saying go to jail for littering at If you rape, severely rob, or murder someone, that should go to jail for sure after age 7! What would people think if a juvenile created a robbery, drove drunk, and killed some one, especially small children? Wouldn't you want them turned in? There may be more teens than adults committing crimes if this keeps up!
When Should Teens Be Tried As Adults
I was born and raised in New York City. That alone may scare people away. I grew up in a place where violence runs rampant. I had to go through two metal detectors every morning.
Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. Murderers, rapists, and other criminals are being released from jail everyday after serving only very short and lenient sentences. Who are these criminals and what makes them so special? The criminals are juveniles who commit adult crimes. They are being tried every day in juvenile courts, they are receiving shortened sentences, and they are being released and given new identities to continue to live their lives in peaceful and happy bliss, all while their victims and their families are left to suffer forever.