In todayâ€™s world, crime has become a major factor in our society. Everywhere you look, especially on the news there is always some kind of crime going on. A crime is an act that is intentionally done to violate the law (Encarta Standard 2003). And the majority of people in the world, especially in my country, the United States of America, believe that no crime should go unpunished. If someone commits a crime they should be subjected to a punishment. But there is a serious controversy with that theory within the United States courtrooms and criminal justice systems on whether or not minors, which means that they are less than 18 years of age, should be treated and tried as adults for committing a serious offense. Juveniles or minors should be tried as adults when and only when they commit heinous crimes such as vandalism, arson, burglary or robbery, rape, aggravated assault, attempted murder, and murder.
The main reason that juvenile delinquents should be tried as an adult in court is because it is time that juveniles accept responsibility for their actions, society must no longer give minors a slap on the wrist and send out a message that it is okay to do a crime, because they wonâ€™t probably have to do any time or even a lot of it. Isnâ€™t that the gist of what the justice system is suppose to stand for, to make the people who commit crimes pay for what they have done. Society shouldnâ€™t look at the fact that a person who committed a crime is not even legal to drink, vote, and drive, etc. That shouldnâ€™t have any relevance to the fact that someone did something very stupid and should be punished for it. Adults who are criminally charged with something, donâ€™t get a slap on the wrist or a reduced sentence, or are sentenced to community service for a crime they committed, they are sent to prison, where they have many years to think about their actions and learn from their mistakes. But