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Handling the issue of children who involved in serious crimes has proven to be quite difficult. Establishing the facts behind the act becomes difficult to the judges who are left wondering the solution to the problem particularly a very young person is involved in serious crimes such as killings (Bartollas & Miller, 2011). Several cases of schoolchildren shooting people on the street have encouraged the suggestion that such cases should be handled in the adult courts, where would be treated with the seriousness they deserve.
However, the process is hindered by the fact that such children are still in their development stages, meaning they do not have an ability to make the best choice. It is argued that sentencing or prosecuting children would not make sense because they have little understanding of their actions (Steiner & Wright, 2006). It becomes a significant issue and a dilemma when the crime committed is extremely serious. Questions have been raised whether a person who knows how to load a magazine and shoot people should still be considered as a child. In addition, should the government do nothing when naughty children kill innocent people? As argued by Bartollas & Miller (2011), offenses that involve killings among teenagers must be taken seriously. Such individuals must be held responsible for all their action and prosecuted just like the adults.
With effective rehabilitation, guidance and counseling, such children can develop improved behaviors and probably become beneficial people in the society (Steiner & Wright, 2006). Handling individual cases depending on the nature of the crime, age of the child and the social environment the child has been exposed would generate the best results. Unfortunately, developing policies and law to handle a single case is not practical.
Bartollas, C., & Miller, S. (2011). Juvenile justice in America (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Steiner, B., & Wright, E. (2006). Assessing the relative effects of state direct file waiver laws on violent juvenile crime: Deterrence or irrelevance? The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 1451-1477.

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