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Teenagers Tried as Adults wollard, j. "Juvenile Law Center." Youth in the Adult System. Campiagn for justice, 10 May 2011. Web. 7 May 2014. Print. Every state permits juveniles to be tried as adults for certain criminal offenses. It is estimated that as many as 250,000 youth annually are prosecuted as adults. Research suggests that the prosecution of children as adults does little to deter crime or reduce regression among youthful offenders. Some research has found greater risks to public safety among children transferred to the adult system.
"Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults?." Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults?. Houghton MifflinHarcourt, 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 7 May 2014. The juvenile court was created to handle juvenile offenders on the basis of their youth rather than their crimes. The purpose of juvenile court is treatment and guidance rather than punishment. The reason for the juvenile court is to rehabilitate children because they have not fully matured, they shouldn't be held to the same standards of accountability as adults. The purpose of the juvenile court is to treat, not to discourage. Alcohol and guns are also mixed up in violent behavior by juveniles. In addition, growing up in poverty and unemployment has major effects on the likelihood that a young person will turn to violence during the transition to adulthood. A way to prevent this is to create meaningful job opportunities and employment training programs to attack poverty.