Write a response to the question: should the teenager in this case be charged as an adult, as a juvenile, or not charged at all (meaning he should not go to trial and instead should be given alternatives to incarceration).
Your answer must address the following
: 1. The teen’s age (and what we know about teenage brain development)
2. The consequences of his actions (is there a victim, what happened to them)
3. The race/ethnicity and socio-economic status of both parties (the teen and the victim)
4. Your thoughts/feelings/beliefs on whether or not you feel incarceration works, doesn’t work, should only be used in extreme cases (if so, does this count as an extreme case), etc.
Answering the prompt. Are ALL parts of the prompt addressed? Is the reader left with any lingering questions?
Evidence/support. The author uses specific examples from the class to support their answer
The 14year old teenager does not merit a jail term either as an minor or as an adult. At 14years the teenage is at the initial stages of teenage hood which eliminates him from the adult category. Furthermore, being a teenager boy lacks awareness of the consequences of his actions. It is scientifically proven that teenagers possess a brain which is not fully developed. This makes them to succumb to peer pressure and poor decision making. The teenage is accused of throwing a rock at the police in political rally. From the judicial point of view, the actions of the teenager qualify to be categorized as criminal acts. The rock might have caused injury or even death incase a police officer was hit. However, the psychological point of view proves otherwise. The police should yearn to provide guidance to teenagers instead of putting them under custody. In most governments, violating against the police is high rated criminal act. The police are mandated to observe law and order and therefore anyone igniting violence towards them qualifies as a criminal. In most governments, victims should consider seeking help from the court of law incase a police officer offends them while exercising duty.
However, incarceration should not be considered as an alternative when dealing with quarrelsome teenagers. Deriving from the scientific proof, teenagers should be handled in manner that provides guidance while educating them to take full responsibility for their actions. This should continue until when they have matured into adults where they can be fully responsible for their actions.