A recent newspaper article reports that a 14-year-old boy seriously destroyed school got apunishment to clean streets instead of sending toprison. Do you think young criminals should be sentto jail? 报道显示：14岁的年轻人校园违规后会受到做清洁工作的处罚而非服刑，你认为少年犯是否应该被送进监狱?
对于2016年第一个换题月来说，这个题目的难度还是比较大的。首先他的问得比较新，先是问一个观点是否正确，然后又问考生对于反面观点的看法。所以表示考生需要对正反两个观点都提出自己的看法。可以转换成:Some people think that a 14-year-old boy who seriously destroyed his school should get a punishment to clean streets, while others think that young criminals should be sent to the jail. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 题目换个表达方式，我们就非常熟悉了。
Alarmingly, various misdeeds among teenagersranging from school bullying or sex assault are nowbecoming big headaches in many countries. Juveniledelinquency not only afflicts the victims but alsojeopardizes the community. Many efforts havealready been made on how to crack down juvenilecrime, but, the effect is far from satisfying. Thisessay aims to represent relevant measures ofpenalties.
Nobody is innate perpetrator，during the journey of life，those who are in the formativeyears are，sometimes，derailed by manifold causes such as the negative influence of negativemass media, the disadvantaged family background or external factors. In this sense, stricterpenalty for the first offenders, unintentional lawbreakers is far from rational, especially whentaking the teenagers’ immature mentality into account. Virtually, appropriate punishment iscommendable, to motivate those juvenile offenders to serve the community or sweeping thestreet can be reasonable measures.
Notwithstanding all that，taking the effects of a misconduct and its motivation intoconsideration is a prerequisite for ensuring justice of the law. There should not be fixedpunishment for all youth crime. Some misdeeds, for example, school bullying or sex assaultswill inevitably distress the sufferers and endanger the society. Hence, light penalty forfelony is unwise. Conversely, stricter punishment for hardened criminals will not only embodythe justice of law but also exert a deterrent effect on those potential malefactors.
To sum up，there is no simple resolution for such a complicate social problem，it isreasonable to expect that the combination of these suggestions may be needed. Custom-tailored penalty may be the best strategy for each teenage crime.
Children nowadays are exposed in a diversified environment where they have absolute access to internet, being able to befriend with people from a variety of backgrounds. This may result in children's antisocial behavior and there is a heat debate on whether teenagers who commit serious crimes should be punished by doing some volunteering jobs or being imprisoned.
Contributing to their community can be an effectively way to tell them that they are victimizing other people. One argument in its favor is that they are immature. It would be a difficult thing to predict the consequences of their behavior and law knowledge might not be sufficiently acquired at that young age. Another important factor in this respect is that they are form able in character compared to adult criminal, thus it is better to educate them. Doing something valuable to their society can embed a sense of responsibility in them and give them an opportunity to reflect on their deviance, which will truly rectify their criminality.
However, of course those who advocate custody sentence may have some plausibility to some extent.Allowing them to recognizing their mistakes is the priority of taking adolescent law breakers into prison. Once received harsh penalty,preventing persistent crime seems to be possible But the believers of this have ignored the issue over what if they are negatively influenced by other prisoners? How should they face the society with an ex-record especially when finding jobs.
In conclusion. I therefore believe that having faith in the young who go astray cannot be a more effective way to solve raging young criminal activities and taking responsibility for their living surroundings is the best way to do this.