Dream wrote:The former because the latter?
In which case the argument is that we shouldn't try anybody using the adult system because it's less conducive to recovery.
Anyway, you may see yourself as being mature and sensible enough in your decision making that your morality trumps your impressionability in defining your decisions. That doesn't at all mean that ten years from now you won't be even less impressionable than you are now. The same won't be true between the years of 26 and 36. The difference is what's important. Teenagers are much more impressionable than adults, and we look at their motivations and decisions differently because of the difference, not because of some absolute level of maturity.
I never claimed that 16 year olds had the minimum amount of impressionability that they'd ever have. However, they should have a sufficient moral sense to overcome the peer pressure telling them to commit armed robbery.