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Take a position on weather a 12-year old should be treated in the same way as an adult for committing a crime If a 12 year old is put behind bars how can he become a functional member of society upon his release How will he create a positive lifestyle for himself The real question is How can he turn in any direction other than that of crime He simple will not be able to If a child is sent to a prison to stay in a cell for hours at a time the only life he will know is the life he came from not the life that could be his The goal of juvenile detention should be to rehabilitate and develop the individual Appropriate educational skills need to be taught Children need to be put in touch with their feeling through counseling Juvenile offenders need to be exposed to role models from within their community and without A sense of hope should be instilled so that the young offender is not resigned to the fate of a this is all I will ever be anyways More important than efforts to rehabilitate the offender would be programs to prevent the juvenile from committing crimes to begin with Keyshawn Johnson a wide receiver for the NFLs New York Jets recently said People hate to say it but what you are around is what youre going to be At 13 years old and youre around crime youre going to be a criminal For this reason prevention efforts must involve the entire community including schools faith-based organizations business law enforcement and most importantly the parents If parents are unable to properly educate their kids then programs need to be developed to train the parents It is imperative that our federal government set a tone and send the message that juveniles who are exposed to the law are entitled to protections not available to adults
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