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Judicial System And Juveniles Essay

741 words - 3 pages

Persuasive Essay

The young people in the United States of America are motivated to do bad things like robbing, killing, drug dealing and other felonies. These minors commit serious crimes, but the law is soft with them. So they continue in the streets robbing and killing because they know that nothing will happen to them because, simply put, they are minors. I think if a minor kills a human being they should be killed as well, regardless of age.
As a minor you should know it’s wrong to take another life. There was one crime in particular that caught my eye and I believe it was called the Pearl High School shooting in Pearl, Mississippi. Sixteen year old Luke Woodham woke up on October 1st, 1997 and stabbed his mother to death as she peacefully slept in her bed. After stabbing her, he drove his dead mom’s car to school, walked in the front door of the school, and opened fire. After a couple minutes of shooting he got back into his moms van and tried driving off. ...view middle of the document...

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Luke Woodham is eligible for parole when he is 65 years of age. I think he should’ve been dead by the time he hit 18. He brutally murdered his mother and killed two innocent school kids. Those kids didn’t even get to live half of their lives before Luke took them away. As a minor he knew it was wrong, but still proceeded to kill and injure those people. I think the death penalty should be in every state and as a minor you should be executed if you commit a murder
As a child your parents, family, or guardians teach you wrong from right. Growing up your still trying to get a hold of ethics, but murder is a serious thing. It’s wrong to kill somebody in any situation and I think if you do then your life should be taken away from you too. No, I don’t mean you get thrown in jail for 25 years I mean you get executed. I think it should be more serious for minors. If a minor brutally kills someone when they’re 14, just imagine what they’d be like after they de-sensitize in jail for 25 years. Many young people kill just because they think they can get away with it.
My opinion on this topic isn’t the nicest, but neither is killing innocent people. Someone that takes another life, regardless of age, doesn’t deserve to have their own life. It’s an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. People may have an argument about the kids not knowing better but that’s bullshit. In any normal, sane mind everyone should know that killing another living thing is very wrong. Americans use their immaturity and un-knowingness as a cop out. Just step up and bear the consequences of your actions. Consequences should be the same for everyone. Age is just a number. It’s always best to end a paper with a quote because I won’t be able to say it any better than the guy before me: "If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call."
John McAdams - Marquette University/Department of Political Science

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