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The Right Time to do the Right Thing for Juvenile MurderersBy James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University
It often comes as a surprise to many folks to learn that Massachusetts, despite its unearned reputation for being soft on crime, is one of the harshest states in the nation when it comes to punishing juvenile murderers. Unlike most states, which allow some flexibility in how to prosecute kids who kill or how long to incarcerate them if convicted, Massachusetts has for the past two decades had only one approach for those as young as 14 charged with first degree murder: prosecution as an adult and a life sentence without parole, if convicted. Efforts in recent years to reform the juvenile murder statute have failed as many of our lawmakers worry about the political fallout from moderating punishments. ... full story
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Sheriff's Telecommunicator - Hennepin County - Minnesota
Sheriff's Telecommunicator- Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN
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"Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it."