Young people who commit crimes should be treated in the same as as adults who commit crimes. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

đăng 17:54, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 17:54, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

 There is an opinion that young offenders should be held accountable for their actions just as adults. While I find this viewpoint of some people justifiable to some extent, I also argue that treating both young and mature lawbreakers equally may prove to have adverse effects.

On the one hand, I can understand why young age should be no deterrent to the way of dealing with  criminals.  If  these  juvenile  delinquents  were  easily  pardoned  in  place  of  receiving  strict punishments as adults, they would not become fully aware of the serious consequences of their crimes. Therefore imposing appropriate punishments could prevent them from conducting illegal actions  in  the  future.  Besides,  young  perpetrators  usually  receive  lighter  sentences  that  they deserve, which is apparently an injustice to the victims. In Vietnam, there was a well-known case in which a teenager murdered almost every member of a family deliberately, escaping the death sentence due to being a few months under the responsible age.

On the other hand, I am convinced that it is better for juvenile criminals to be tried in a different court from that for adults. Firstly, children are proven not to have sufficient intellectual or moral capacity to understand the outcomes of their misdeeds, so they lack the necessary conditions to be trial defendants as grown-up people. Secondly, when given a second chance, these underage convicts can have an opportunity to successfully rehabilitate and learn a valuable lesson. Thirdly, children can be negatively influenced by some bad role models, which should also be taken into consideration to give them a fair trial.

In  conclusion,  breakers  of  laws  should  not  be  spared  of  punishments,  but  I  believe  young offenders should be dealt with differently from adults.

(276 words – by Bảo Nguyễn)

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