Young people who commit serious crimes, such as robbery or a violent attack should be punished in the same way as adult.
To what extent you agree or disagree?
Teenager delinquency is becoming an increasing concern. Some people claim that only lenient sentences can not curb the major crimes, therefore, their punishment should not be differentiated from the adults. However, I can not totally agree to this.
teenager delinquency 青少年犯罪
major crime 重罪
oppose to 反对
Those who support the same fixed sentence towards both youth and grown-ups argue that without harsh punishment, juveniles would not realize the serious after effect of their behaviour and leave the victims and their families suffering. Simply, the best solution is to treat them like the adult if the crimes they commit are every bit as heinous as adult.
fixed sentence 固定的刑罚
every bit 完全，每一点
However, adolescents do not have the same physical and mental condition as adult, so applying the same penalty is not reasonable for all situations. The causalities of high criminal rate of teenager rooted deeply in the social environment- family and media influences for example. As the young, some of them are naturally daring and knows no boundaries. If the media presents violent actions as cool, then young people may regard gangster as hero, gain sense of powerful and develop big ego by bullying others or commit severe crimes like robbery or a violent attacks as a result. To radically settle the problem, morals should be taught and the positive way to show off strength should be presented on TV more.
show off 展示，炫耀
Another reason I think juvenile offenders should not be tried and punished as adult is that there is a chance for rehabilitation. However violent crimes they committed, with alternative ways of punishment or easier sentence, there is much greater possibility for them to reestablish the value, return to normal life and even shift gears to become leader of certain area. Compared with adult criminals, the young ones are more capable of learning from their mistakes. Once they understand the consequences of their behaviour and realize their desired goal of life, they rehabilitate much faster. Conversely, if they are punished the same way as adult, chances are that they become repeat criminals or serial offenders, since they are taught more criminal techniques and their identity of criminal is strengthened when captured in jail.
chances are that 有可能是
repeat criminals 累犯罪
serial offenders 连续犯罪者
Although based on rule of justice, heinous acts should be punished regardless of the age, for sake of long term benefit, collaborative efforts of the whole society should be taken to save the juvenile offenders by every possible solution except for equivalent penalty as adult in many instances.
for sake of 为了
collaborative efforts 共同努力
in many instances 在多数情况下