Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Death of Juvenile Justice

11-year old to be tried as an adult.

An 11-year old boy in Pennsylvania allegedly killed his dad's girlfriend. Under Pennsylvania law, anyone over the age of 10 accused of murder or homicide is charged as an adult. If convicted, the boy faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Such a law shocks the conscience and should be repealed.

And please save the "if you can't do the time" or the "what if it was your girlfriend" bumper-sticker law commentary. For the record, if I am ever killed by an 11-year old, do not charge him or her as an adult. It is cruel, unusual, and debases us all.

2 comments:

  1. sounds like they're having some juvenile justice problems in PA these days... http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/23/pennsylvania.corrupt.judges/index.html

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