Juvenile crimes are a sensitive subject for many Wisconsin residents. Some teenagers may commit heinous crimes and deserved to be punished. However, many believe the type of punishment inflicted on a teenager should differ from that of an adult. Multiple credible studies have found that teenage brains are still in the process of developing, and operate differently when it comes to controlling aggressive impulses and making decisions. Many teens are simply unable to foresee the consequences of their actions.
Various states have passed laws that require certain violent juvenile crimes to be prosecuted in an adult court setting. A 16-year-old Pennsylvania teen is being charged as an adult under those laws for attempted murder and aggravated assault.