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  •  Sex offender registries are problematic (3+ / 0-)
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    SaoMagnifico, BeloitDem, sapelcovits

    because they include people who were arrested at 18 for having statutory rape with their 16-year-old girlfriends. Otherwise, I don't have a problem with them, though I'd be willing to hear out other views and consider them.

    I think that with minors who commit severe crimes, it's important to consider whether in the future, their mental stage of development has made them a low risk for further danger to society. But in no case should children be put in prisons with adults, nor should they be tried as adults. If we want to legislate severe punishments for some juvenile crimes, they should be written in the juvenile law, and we shouldn't pretend they're being used because of the maturity of the alleged offender. The fact that a juvenile committed a murder is not likely to be evidence of unusual maturity on their part.

    Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

    by MichaelNY on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:36:37 PM PST

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