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March 7th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Should teenagers be tried as adults?

A growing trend across the nation shows more states are treating teenagers as juvenile delinquents than as adults in court.

Legal Analyst and former Federal Prosecutor Sunny Hostin discusses the merits of the new trend with Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes.


Filed under: Crime • Law • U.S.
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  1. Jeffrey Pohan

    Sunny
    I agree with what you said today about teens and the criminal system. I've been saying this same thing for several years. Correct me if I'm wrong but you said that you should be treated as a juvenile until age 21 but you also said that the brain does not mature until 25. How do you know when a person should not be treated as an adult? Should adulthood be judged by a person’s accomplishments, grades, volunteering, going to college after high school, joining the military, etc? Also, how many juveniles actually know the legal system; meaning, if I choose to do or not do something these are the consequences? I have always felt that as a high schools requirement students should learn the basic legal system as well as basic economics. Most kids graduate high school and have no idea about what can happen to them legally.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  2. ARMYofONE

    Yes, they should be tried as adults if the crime is heinous enough. Murder, rape, etc, try them as adults. If not and you make it that you can only try them as adults at 18 than they should lose the right to drive, have consensual sex, etc before 18 if their "brains" are not developed enough that they commit crimes and do not know but yet they can operate a 1-2 ton vehicle?? Have sex???

    March 7, 2011 at 10:00 am |