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  •  The pendulum has swung too far... (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, mindara

    Most states allow any youth to be tried as an adult, seemingly based on nothing more than public pressure.  I'm in California where I wrote publically against a more punitive bill for sex offenders.

    While it was porportedly to apply to the worst of the worst, the first person tried was a mentally damaged older person who exposed himself to young boys who he thought were his grandsons.

    The judge threw out the case, but it shows the degree of rage and how it grows into crevices we would never imagine.

    Sorry about the loss of your cousin, and glad it has not made you so bitter that you can no longer feel compassion.

    •  Thank you, fact the loss of my cousin (1+ / 0-)
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      has made me more compassionate, not less. And my cousin's late mother (she died in 2006) is directly responsible for that. She was what I call my "mother of the soul". We were very close and she fought ferociously to obtain justice for her 12 year old son and once we had obtained that, she fought just as ferociously to change the system to prevent other children from being harmed and to obtain rights for victim's of violent crime. It is due to her efforts along with a group of other parents of murdered children that the state of Maryland was the first state in the country to pass Victim's Rights Legislation. But she was not at all of the mindset that believed in swinging the pendelum to the opposite end of the spectrum that you mentioned. And the most offensive change to the criminal justice system has been the ever increasing move nationwide to prosecute juveniles as adults and impose life sentences w/o possibilty of parole. While there was an absolute need for changes in the juvenile justice system with regard to the most serious and violent crimes, this was not the answer.

      "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by mindara on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:35:10 AM PDT

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