Juvenile Crime PreventionPaper Rating: Word Count: 2799 Approx Pages: 11
For centuries people have created the rules of morality, which have been changed during the history of human beings modified and adjusted to contemporary societies, putting the bricks of civilization one on another. Unfortunately, the more complicated civilization becomes the more extreme the violence becomes. A disturbing percentage of American children perform serious criminal offenses and are becoming a threat to the society. Juveniles are getting involved in the criminal world more and more, consequently forcing the government to take measures to now deal with higher rates of juvenile crime. Proposition 21 is especially effective with gang-related criminals, because gives the state the ability to try children as young as fourteen years of age as adults. If I had the opportunity to vote I would be for Proposition 21. Even though teenagers' brain is not ready for this law, more and more violent crimes are committed by teenagers, which proves that the law before Proposition 21 didn't have the potential to prevent this progress, while the current law has both the rehabilitating component and the deterrent factor leading to a fair justice system.
The development of the human brain is a dreadful factor in the issue of the punishment of juvenile crime. An opponent of Proposition 21, Kate Fogle, in her article named "Choosing Which Story To Tell argues that the brain of a child under 18 is not fully developed and that "Setting the legal majority at 18 reflects the actual capacities of young people rather well (Fogle 1). Also, the results of a research, shown in the article " Foundation criticizes trend of trying kids in adult court written by Jonath