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  •  One surprise from this SCOTUS was the overturning (9+ / 0-)

    of all those "super-teen-predator" laws that were all the rage in the '90's. The predicted predators never emerges and we were left with hundreds of teens, some 13, sentenced to die in prison.

    No more life without parole for juveniles. At long last we will rejoin the rest of the civilized world and recognize in these laws that being 16 means you are young and stupid and can't think like an adult. This reality is reflected in all our other legal areas, like signing contracts, getting married, driving, joining the military, voting, etc. The lone exception was taking a life, or being in with  group of other kids when someone's life was taken. We're retooling our MA law to reflect the SCOTUS ruling. We'll see how it comes out.

    But juvey detention? Awful, miserable, racist, and sorely in need of major overhaul. Thanks for the attention to this.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:16:30 PM PDT

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