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Child criminals

Discussion in 'Other' started by Alexandoy, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. Alexandoy Bacteria

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    In the Philippines, children below 18 years of age seem to be exempted from regular punishment when they commit a crime. When convincted, the child criminal is placed under the care of the social welfare department instead of putting him in jail. Now, there is a motion to repeal this law for obvious reasons – criminals are using the minors for their crime activities. The notorious gang of thieves would have a minor as the one to make a break-in. When successful, the minor would simply unlock the door so his cohorts can enter the house to be robbed. When unsuccessful, the minor is caught and deposited to the social welfare authorities but after a month would be freed on probation. But in most cases, those arrested would be a repeat offender.

    The motion now is to bring down the exemption to 15 years old to mean that a 16-year old is considered an adult and will undergo regular trial when arrested for a crime. But there is another motion to bring down the exemption to 12 years old so that even as young as 13, the child criminal can be punished fairly and squarely. What do you think about that?
     
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  2. jimbob Cat Moderator

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    Tough call for me. The kids are being used and misused by the adult criminals.

    Yes, the kids should do time in juvenile detention but I think it might produce better if say, if an adult has used a child (under the legal age) while conducting a crime the sentence would be doubled.
     
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    If you made a law that anyone using a child as an accomplice got a double sentence or made it a specific offense like "corruption of a minor" that might deter some of the adults. The problem with social services is that once the child is released on probation they may have no other skills to fall back on. If their family have been using them for crime, then they are just going to get dragged back into it.

    If you want children to get away from crime, they need to be retained and removed the environment that is causing the problem. Jailing them with adult criminals just gives them a chance to learn more criminal skills and get pulled further in to crime.
     
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  4. kingcool52 Molecule

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    If you're old enough to commit the crime then I think you should be old enough to get a proper punishment. Fair enough if the child has been misused/misguided by an adult such as a parent to commit these crimes but a lot of these kids are just doing these criminal activities out of their own will. The problem is that once you get used to stealing etc. at such a young age it is very difficult to get them to stop therefore the best option for them is a juvenile detention centre
     
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    That's the norm in most part of the world children less than 18 years old are exempted from punishment or jail if they commit a crime. At this stage in their lives they are believed to be at formative ages in the mind and body and are not matured enough yet to have that frame of mind to stay clear from wrong or being induced by a senior.
     
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    If the crime is not severe the young teen or child should spend time in juvenile detention for to have safer conditions, and then put back in the hands of their parents or in a positive environment that might improve future behavior. Most very young children are given a talking too and no action is taken other than to hope the parents provide some type of punishment. Most are never mentioned in the newspaper to avoid embarrassing their families.

    In our town younger and older teens often end up with a long probation period with or without a tracking ankle bracelet. They also serve many community service hours to help teach them responsibility and give on job training, although, less then half ever follow through and most end up getting arrested on similar crimes or more serious crimes.
     
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    I find it difficult to decide on this, but the idea to punish the adults who use children might work a bit. I believe when kids around 12/15 do something illegal by the influence of an adult, they are not thinking clearly as they cannot see the 'whole thing' as the adults that are playing them. It is incredibly sad how certain people don't care about kids.

    Most of the kids that are caught in delinquent bands do not think they have another option, or they haven’t had anything better. Usually they come from poor families or rural areas where they don’t have lots of options to choose from. Detention centers should offer them something that might bring them joy and capture their interest (painting or writing courses, language classes, sports, etc.).

    Hopefully with this some of them might have a better future than the average.
     
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