Should young criminals be treated in the same way as adults by authorities? This issue has been intensely discussed for years. The following are the supporters’ and opponents’ opinions. Read carefully the opinions from both sides and write your response in about 200 words, in which you should first summarize briefly the opinions from both sides and give your views on the issue.
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Should Young Criminals Be Treated in the Same Way as Adults by Authorities?
In recent years, the rate of juvenile delinquency keeps on soaring, which has attracted lots of attention from the general public and the social scientists. Accordingly, whether young lawbreakers should be punished equally as adult criminals has become one of the most controversial issues throughout the world. Some people claim that the lighter sentences will neither minimize the number of crimes committed by the teenagers nor make the victims believe in equal justice, while others hold the view that what sanctions will be employed should be decided by taking the criminals’ age, motivation and future development into consideration.
My stand is that this is never a purely black and white issue. Whether the same penalty should be imposed on juvenile lawbreakers and adult criminals is on the basis of the specific case. On the one hand, those who commit violent crimes, such as rape or murder, should be treated in the same way regardless of the criminals’ age so as to ensure the justice and equality. On the other hand, if teenagers embark on the criminal road because of negligence, passion and induction, a lighter penalty can help them reflect on themselves as well as give them a chance to turn over a new life.
All in all, it is a hasty approach to simply impose the same penalties on young criminals as adults and judges should be more discreet about the punishment on juvenile criminals.