Should minors who commit serious crimes receive the same punishments as adults?
These days, crimes being committed by minors are getting serious. For example, armed robberies and murder cases done by minors are increasing. Under these situations, I think the punishment for minors should be as severe as that of adults.
One of the reasons is that severe punishments would be able to deter severe violence and murder. Most young people will hesitate to commit the severe crimes if they realize that those crimes are not worth doing. In another words, severe punishments will promote more public safety.
The second reason is that minors who commit crimes often repeat severe crimes even though they already finished schooling or rehabilitation. So, in order to prevent the crimes from being repeated, those minors should be in prison for longer periods of time by strengthening the punishments. In the case of severe murder, capital punishment should also adopted like in the case of adults.
Lastly, some say that minors did not yet reach mental maturity. However, most of the present children are more mature than the former generations physically and mentally, by good nutrition for example . In addition, the legal age of adults in Japan is over 20 years old, although in most countries, adult age is 18 year old and older. So minors' crime cases should be treated as that of adults.
For above these reasons, giving severe punishments as adults is a good way for public safety.
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