Explain Why Juveniles Should Not Be Tried As Adults

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Every day, thousands of juveniles are tried as adults in criminal court. Sending them to prison violates their 8th amendment. These juveniles are not ready to be in such a scary environment. They are not ready for that type of change in their life. The incarceration of young prisoners has an extremely destruction effect. Juveniles should not be tried as adults for their crimes because it is constitutionally unjust, their brain is not yet fully developed, and they may be reacting to a form of abuse. Young prisoners are more susceptible to negative influences than adults. Facing the reality of their life sentence without parole makes them want to seek protection. They try to fit in somewhere they just don’t belong. A juvenile’s brain is still developing, and they can potentially adopt negative behaviors that are the norm in a hostile prison environment. The fear of being…show more content…
One case that really stuck out was the case of Jacob Ind. Jacob Ind was a 16 year old convicted of killing his parents. He was sentenced to life without parole. His reasoning behind the homicides was that the home was filled with fear and anxiety. Jacob’s older brother testified that their step father sexually, physical and mentally abused them on a daily basis. Jacob’s mother resented his birth. This lead to Jacob cutting himself when he was little. Erik Jensen and Nathan Ybanez were convicted of killing Nathan’s mom. Erik was convicted of second degree murder. In Colorado, that carried a mandatory sentence of life without parole. The jury convicted Nathan of First- degree murder, carrying a life sentence. Nathan suffered years of abuse from both his mother and father. His father was violent and his mother was controlling and emotionally unstable. His mother would sexually abuse him at night. Social Services couldn’t do anything about the situation. Both are planning an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court (“When Kids Get

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