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Children commit adult crimes The problem is how do we punish them Should they be treated in juvenile facilities or punished with adult criminals In some states you are considered to be an adult at 17 years old therefore as criminals get placed in adult prisons for more sophisticated training in violent crimes and victimizationPg 637 The first article Adult Crime Adult Time by Linda J Collier is about how the juvenile delinquents of the world should be thrown right in with the hardened criminals She talks about the Jonesboro Arkansas incident in which 11-year-old Andrew Golden and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson slaughtered their classmates as they ran from the school building They pulled the fire alarm and began their assault with a barrage of bullets In this particular situation they are still regarded by the law as children first and criminals secondPg 620 This has not been the first time that young children have committed such crimes but the average of violence committed by children has risen by 60 since 1984 She claims that because of these statistics we need to update the juvenile justice system In recent years many states have enacted changes in their juvenile crime laws and some have lowered the age at which a juvenile can be tried as an adult for certain violent crimes Pg 620 According to this author she feels that it is a start in the right direction She claims that she has represented children as a court appointed guardian and is humbled trying to help children out of their difficulties which often due to circumstances beyond their control Still for violent crimes she feels that children who knowingly engage in adult conduct and crimes should automatically be subject to adult rules and adult prison time Pg 622 In the second article Cruel Punishment for Juveniles the authors hold a different view from Linda J Collier Treating juveniles as adults only helps society to forget that
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