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Juvenile Sentencing; Do the time…Fit the Crime?


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When is life in prison justified for a juvenile defendant? In a 6-3 decision in a Florida case, high court said that, “in light of evolving standards of decency, jailing a juvenile for the rest of his life is excessive punishment when the offender did not commit murder.” But what happens when a juvenile commits murder? Will the law then become subjective to personal interpretation when it is not clearly expressed?

Case in-point:A Fort Lauderdale teen was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for strangling a 14-year-old girl who teased him after they had sex. If the law is not expressly written, then every case is subjective to judicial interpretation.

Who makes the decision to offer a plea or to take the case to trial? If the case law is not clear and precise, I see trouble brewing in the future and too many cases being filed in the appellate division to count.

Are the juveniles incarcerated with possibility of parole encouraged to pursue a course of action that will give them a fair shot at staying out of jail in the future or do they just marinate in jail and learn how to become better criminals?

Why are the Florida judges leading in sending juveniles away for life? Is it the strain on the system to process as many cases as possible or do they really believe that most juveniles are not capable of being rehabilitated?

As you can see! There are more questions than answers. Is it more profitable to house humans until death as oppose to crime prevention programs and real opportunities for a higher education?

Parents! Where are you? Have you given up on your children and on the future of this country?

Many have said that it takes a village to raise a child, and I guess it takes the threat of jail too arouse the consciousness of those who should have been paying attention in the first place.

I’ll see you in court or I’ll see you, as you pass by on the van, back to jail. At any rate! I’ll see you.

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May 21, 2010 - Posted by | Community News | , , , , , , , ,

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