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In Laurence Steinbergs essay Should Juvenile Offenders be Tried as Adults Steinberg expresses a clear opinion based on the juvenile court systems and an issue that has considerable affects on juvenile delinquents Steinberg states that it is now very common to see juveniles being transferred into the adult court system without age being taken into consideration The court systems have taken the crimes as the primary factor when trying juveniles as adults Although delinquents are committing serious crimes this has also affected other juveniles that have committed nonviolent crimes thus creating a system that commonly transfers youths into adult court systems without hesitation Steinberg states that this is a process that should not be taken lightly and should be reconsidered According to Steingburg young adults between the ages of 12 and 16 are going through dramatic emotional physical intellectual and emotional developmental changes that directly affect how he or she responds to environments and situations They are highly adaptable and are not completely aware of the consequences of their actions They are also not fully matured in ways that would make them incapable of understanding the adult court system in which they would be prosecuted for their crimes With these facts in mind I would have to agree that the process of transferring youths into the adult court system should not be taken lightly the juvenile court systems need to reconstruct their prosecution process creating greater penalties and positive rehabilitation while also protecting them from the harsh adult court systems Lets begin with a brief history of the juvenile courts systems taking a look into the foundations of which the juvenile court systems were built Originally the juvenile court system was based on two factors the immaturity of the offender and the ability of the adolescent to change into an acceptable adult once he or she is given the appropriate resources and rehabilitation Steinberg pg596 Although these are the vital factors that should influence the
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