According to law, a juvenile is anyone who is below 18 years old who cannot be held liable for his criminal action but instead, he is just considered to be delinquent. Thus, when he has committed a crime, he would be tried by the juvenile justice system which has the aim to…
I dont know how to feel atm (at the moment). It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the "ohmygawd I cant do this" feeling, its pretty enjoyable. Im kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now...lol. This is the shocking quotation from the diary of Alyssa Bustamante. This evidence was presented during her court hearing when she was 18. This were her words after killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in October 2009, Bustamante was 15 when she committed the crime (Newcomb, 2012). This was not a random crime that a minor committed, it was carefully planned. Bustamante waited for the right moment to kill. She killed an innocent girl just for the thrill of it. This is one perfect example of why juveniles should be tried in an adult court for serious crimes.
A 15-years-old committing such a horrific act will raise the questions on the maturity of a juvenile and on whether or not he is accountable for his crime. According to the research conducted by the NCAP (National Crime Analysis Project) conducted by the North-eastern University in Massachusetts, the number of juveniles ages 15-17 arrested to murder has soared all over the country in the late 1980’s and so is the number of juvenile arrests done related to violent crimes (Bogira, 1993). This crimes committed by underage individuals have cost the society so much. Aside from the suffering and pain they bring to the victims due to loose of property, injuries and death, it also costs money not only to the government but also to the individuals and societies they have wronged. This result may continue to occur if a destructive juvenile is not stopped in doing a crime or accordingly punished for it. The leniency given by the juvenile courts to minor aged criminals for their serious crimes are so unbelievable. A perfect example of this would be the murderous acts or Mitchell Johnson, 11, and Andrew Golden, 13, who murdered four children, one teacher and wounded 10 others in Jonesboro, Arizona ...
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