Today is officially the last day of the monumental A to Z blogging challenge. I had an unfortunate (all is okay) incident with my thirteen year old daughter over the weekend. Nothing major happened, but it required my attention. She is young and was extremely upset about something and I was not able to attend to my blog. Family must always come first. So today I will be posting my letter Y and then this evening letter Z.
The law varies from state to state, but every state has a provision that allows a juvenile to be tried as an adult and upon conviction of a violent offense, sentenced as as an adult.
The Louisiana Children's Code, Article 305 states that when a child is fifteen (15) years of age or older, at the time of the commission of first degree murder, second degree murder, aggravated rape or aggravated kidnapping he is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the juvenile court until either one of two events occur, and I am paraphrasing.
A. (1) An indictment charging one of those offenses is returned.
(2) The juvenile court holds a hearing and it is determined that the child should be transferred to adult court.
If The child is charged with one of many other enumerated felonies that include attempted murder, armed robbery, simple rape, aggravated burglary, among other violent offenses, the district attorney shall have the option of filing a petition to transfer the child to adult court or to keep the child in juvenile court.
This is a controversial topic. With the number of kids committing adult crimes on the rise, many people are in favor of and support treating the offender as an adult. Others, believe that it is much too harsh and that they are still kids and should be treated accordingly.
The difference being that a child who commits the act of murder and is tried and convicted as an adult would receive a life sentence. The child would be remanded to the custody of the juvenile department of corrections until the child's eighteenth birthday and then the child would be transferred to an adult prison to serve the remainder of their sentence.
If the child is tried and convicted as a youthful offended and receives a life sentence, the child will remain in a juvenile facility until their eighteenth birthday and then transferred to an adult prison to serve the remainder of their sentence, but must be released no later than their twenty fifth birthday.
Where do you stand on this sensitive and controversial topic?