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How should juvenile criminals be punished?

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According to existing laws, any person under the age of 18 is considered a minor and is tried under juvenile law. In many countries, the maximum sentence stipulated for an adolescent committing a crime is usually below 5 years — no matter how brutal or monstrous the crime is.


The rationale behind this is to give a young criminal the opportunity or chance to reform as an adult. Nevertheless, the laws may soon be changed. The issue of how young criminals should be punished often comes to the fore due to the brutality and increasing number of juvenile crimes. In this respect, many people think no distinction should be made between a young criminal and adult criminal; minors should receive the punishment as adults.


How should we punish young criminals?



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