Go to the New York Times Website and read the article titled “Juvenile Killers and Life Terms: a Case in Point”, dated October 13, 2012, located at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/us/juvenile-killers-and-life-terms-a-case-in-point.html?_r=0. Be prepared to discuss.
According to the textbook, many model countries, including the United States, allow juveniles of a certain age to be tried as adults. Examine at least two (2) ethical issues with this trend. Specify the extent to which you believe a juvenile can be rehabilitated after he or she has been convicted as an adult. Provide a rationale for your response.
From the e-Activity, take a position that you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to ban mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders of convicted murder. Justify your response.
RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
First issue is based on the housing and development of juveniles. Juveniles are being housed with adult inmates who I believe are hardened criminals that have more of a negative impact on juveniles than the current system has to offer positive rehabilitation. Do we owe these juvenile a proper education once incarcerated? With proper resources and the juvenile’s willingness to change there is a greater chance to rehabilitate then simply locking them up and hoping deterrence prevents recidivism. Ultimately it is based on the age of the offender and their past history. Example would be a 17 year old gang member would be much harder to than 14 year old who may have made an impulsive crime.