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May 08, 2007
Male user jlf99jlf 1 post

Topic: Juvenile Jam / What about juveniles getting life without parole?

Your article is compelling. You mention that some of these children have yet to grow facial hair, or still have teddy bears. My question to you is, WHAT ABOUT THEIR VICTIMS? I was a corrections officer for 6 years before moving to a county juvenile detention position locally, and I see juvenile felons everyday. I realize that they are still children themselves, but what about the terrible crimes that they have committed. I've seen murderers, rapists, child molesters, and other violent offenders in my career. When will we give their victims the same rights that we give the one who committed these crimes? Do they not deserve the same? I understand that we need to focus on rehabilitating our young offenders, but shouldn't we also make damn sure that our punnishments are harsh enough to deter others from committing these crimes? If we sentance a juvenile to LWOP, why not sentance one to the Death Penalty as well. ALL LWOP DOES IS TAX OUR ALREADY OVERPOPULATED PRISON SYSTEMS! I realize that I will not make any friends here, but I feel that we should have the same punnishments for the same crimes, especially if those crimes are of the violent type, no matter if the perpetrator is an adult or juvenile. Thank you. Jeff Foust

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