Argument: Juvenile crimes are serious, need adult punishment


“The rate of murders by kids has indeed been skyrocketing across the country. According to the National Crime Analysis Project of Northeastern University in Massachusetts, the number of 17-year-olds arrested for murder climbed 121 per cent in the latter half of the ’80s; the number of 16-year-olds by 158 per cent; and the number of 15-year-olds by 217 per cent.” – “Jailing Juveniles”, by Steve Bogira, 1993

“The nature of crime is changing: It appears that there has been an increase in violent crimes and a reduction in property offences across many EU countries over the last 15-20 years.” – [“A Review of Good Practices in Preventing Juvenile Crime in the European Union”, 2006]