Monday, March 25, 2013

Youth Sentencing Options

I believe that conditional discharge is one of the more effective kinds of youth sentencing. It basically leaves the young offenders' fate up to themselves. Their choices determine whether their discharge becomes absolute, or if they'll end up with a tougher sentence. It gives them a chance to mature and learn from their mistakes, and to become a better person in the future. Probabtion would be another effective kind of youth sentencing. It is a lot like conditional discharge in the sense that it more or less lets the young offender decide where they want to end up in the long run. If a young offender decided to not seek help, or disobey their probation officer, they'll end up getting in even more trouble. If the young offender listens to their probation officer, and seeks the help they need, they may end up moving past their mistakes, and becoming a stronger person.

In my opinion, judical reprimand would be a very uneffective kind of youth sentencing. If a young offender only has to listen to a stern lecture after commiting a crime, who's to say they won't try and commit another crime? The court should give out harsher punishments so that the young offenders learn that what they did was wrong, and they'll hopefully become better people.

To me, this cartoon is showing that parental neglect can lead to children making bad decisions. Parents need to learn to get more involved in their childrens' lives, and encourage them to make positive decisions. I feel that if parents were to take more of an interest in what their kids are doing, there would be a lot less underage crime.

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