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In May 2018, a thirteen-year-old boy opened fire in his middle-school classroom in an Indianapolis suburb. The teacher and a classmate were shot but survived. Because of Indiana’s law, the prosecutor couldn’t charge the boy with attempted murder in adult court because he was thirteen years old instead of fourteen. Although each state has its own laws regarding which crimes and which ages trigger the option to transfer juveniles to adult court, the underlying question is the same: should juveniles who commit certain crimes be tried in adult court instead of juvenile court? In this discussion, you will examine both sides of the issue and decide which argument you think is best .
1. Read Issue 4: Judicial Waiver and Adultification of Youth from the textbook, Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice.
2. Watch the video “We Need to Talk About an Injustice” by Bryan Stevenson.
3. In a minimum 250-word initial post, respond to the following discussion questions:
a. Summarize the competing arguments presented in the textbook on this topic.
b. Cite at least two statistics, research findings, or examples for each argument. You may use the textbook or other resources if they are trusted and reliable. Websites ending in .gov or .edu are trusted and reliable; Wikipedia is not.
c. Indicate which argument you believe is best and explain why.