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DA) Treating juveniles differently from adults is bad

A) The law allows for juveniles who are arrested to use alternatives to prison time. These include
correctional options, such as community-based incarceration, weekend incarceration, and electronic
monitoring of offenders; community service programs that provide work service placement for young offenders
at non-profit, private organizations and community organizations;
This fails.
B) Not treating them as adults means they wont be deterred by the law or the court system
Maia Szalavitz, "Bad Crowd: Why Juvenile Detention Makes Teens Worse - TIM!" Breakin" #ews, $nalysis,
%oliti&s, Blo"s, #ews %hotos, 'ideo, Te&h (eviews - TIM!&o), $u"ust *++,! -W! #eil Conrad!
Researchers found that rather than rehabilitating young delinuents, !uvenile detention " which lumps
troubled kids in with other troubled kids " appeared to worsen#ed$ their behavior problems. %ompared with
other kids with a similar history of bad behavior, those who entered the !uvenile-!ustice system were nearly
seven times more likely to be arrested for crimes as adults. &urther, those who ended up being sentenced to !uvenile
prison were '( times more likely to be arrested again as adults, compared with similarly misbehaved kids who were either
not caught or not put into the system.
(i&hard (eddin" and liza.eth /uller 0 *++1 2(eddin" is a %ro3essor o3 4aw at 'illanova 5niversity S&hool
o3 4aw, (esear&h %ro3essor at Dre6el 5niversity, and Dire&tor o3 the J!D!7%h!D! %ro"ra) in 4aw and %sy&holo"y at
'illanova and Dre6el! /uller is a Senior %oli&y $nalyst at the Center 3or Disaster %re8aredness at Colu).ia
5niversity!9, :What Do Juvenile ;33enders <now $.out Bein" Tried as $dults= I)8li&ations 3or Deterren&e,>
Juvenile and /a)ily Court Journal, 'ol! ??, Issue @ A8"! @?-11B, Su))er *++1! DI! #eil Conrad!
Even among those !juveniles" who #new about the law$ none thought it would be enforced against them
for the crime they had committed. Indeed, many thought that they would only get slap on the wrist%
sentences from the juvenile court. These results are consistent with those of a recent &anadian study (Peterson-Badali,Ruck,& Koegl, 2001)
finding that many juvenile offenders did not thin# that they would receive a serious punishment if apprehended.
&) This will lead to more crime 'that could have been easily prevented)
(i&hard (eddin" and liza.eth /uller 0 *++1 2(eddin" is a %ro3essor o3 4aw at 'illanova 5niversity S&hool
o3 4aw, (esear&h %ro3essor at Dre6el 5niversity, and Dire&tor o3 the J!D!7%h!D! %ro"ra) in 4aw and %sy&holo"y at
'illanova and Dre6el! /uller is a Senior %oli&y $nalyst at the Center 3or Disaster %re8aredness at Colu).ia
5niversity!9, :What Do Juvenile ;33enders <now $.out Bein" Tried as $dults= I)8li&ations 3or Deterren&e,>
Juvenile and /a)ily Court Journal, 'ol! ??, Issue @ A8"! @?-11B, Su))er *++1! DI! #eil Conrad!
Hoever, most juveniles felt that #nowing they could be tried and sentenced as adults may have
prevented them from committing the crime$ that the #nowledge would deter them in the future and may
prevent other juveniles from committing crimes. (e cannot #now whether the juveniles) introspections
are accurate. *owever$ a recent study with serious juvenile offenders found a correlation between their
self+reported li#elihood of committing a future offense and the number of offenses they committed
after their release (!orrado et al", 200#), as did a recent study with adult offenders (Burnett,
2000)"
!P$ %o t&e 'lan""" (ut get rid o) Part R *ec" 1+01 and treat (ot& ,uveniles and
adults t&e sa-e"