Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Participants (from 11 countries):
USA: Rick | Argentina: Johny | Iran: Behanm, Elham, Taregh, Iran, Hanieh | Algeria: Djamila, Soso | Switzerland: George | Mauritania: Boboty | Pakistan: Alex | Tunisia: Marwa | Indonesia: Atilla | Azerbaijan: Salima | Sudan: Seif
Panel PRO (Team A): Soso, Alex, George.
Panel CON (Team B): Hamzabat, Elham, Marwa, Hanieh, Abdur, Johny, Boboty, Seif.
Audience (Team C): Behnam, Djamila, Noorola.
Late: Atilla, Salima
Team A summary:
- Teenagers can have the personality of an adult and would it would be appropriate for them to be in an adult prsion.
- A criminal is a criminal, age doesn’t matter. A crime is a crime.
- Criminals should be put in jails depending on the crime, not the age of the criminal.
- They are going to jail. Not on vacations.
- In order to differentiate the teenagers from the adults criminals; they can be put in different areas within the jail facility but yet, in the same facility.
- Creating different kind of jails represent more expenditure for the government. Tax payers have to pay this additional cost when the money can go to other things such as health care and social services.
- Teenagers would learn about the consequences of their actions.
- It would simplify the judicial system, reducing cost.
Team B Summary:
- Treating people depending on their acts rather than in their age is not a good idea because we don’t do that in our daily life. We do not treat a 10 years old child in the same way as a 30 years old person.
- There is a major maturity difference between a teenager and an adult.
- If teenagers are exposed to the hardened criminals, this can have lifelong consequences and diminish rehabilitative opportunities.
- Though it may cost additional money to have separate facilities, if teenagers can be rehabilitated and not become repeat offenders/hardened criminals, in the long term money is saved.
Team C summary:
- Behnam voted for team A.
- Djamila voted for team A.
- Noorola voted for team B.
Team A won this debate. Thanks everyone for participating. Below are the links to listen to this discussion.