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  •  It's just a personal opinion (none)
    I cannot base it legally, cause the law says you are an adult at 18.  

    I base it on personal experience with that population.  In the past, I have worked with some 13-17 year olds who do the sickest, most evil things you could think of - Raping baby brothers, beating crippled parents, prostituting younger siblings, burning animals, running well-organized homeinvasion theft rings...REAL things that most people on this site would accuse me of making up, yet they happen every day.

    So, I guess technically, I would allow the definition of adult offender to be reduced to seventeen in certain circumstances, but only because of my predjudiced experiences.  It is also of note that I could easily name fifteen cases where a 16 or 17 year old was charged as an adult and I feel it was astoundingly inappropriate.  

    It depends on the situation, and I am more likely to approve of doing so in cases of long-term (over six year) criminal histories.

    --Liberate your radio--

    by Sam Loomis on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 02:26:03 PM PDT

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    •  no adult charges under 17 (none)
      but there are certain maximum-risk programs and legal tools (keeping juvenile jurisdiction until age 21 on sex offenders, for example) used for violent kids that age, that still offer a chance for rehabilitation and tightening the reigns at the same time.

      --Liberate your radio--

      by Sam Loomis on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 02:28:05 PM PDT

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    •  I spent 23 months in ... (none)
      ...the Industrial (Reform) School for Boys at Golden, Colorado (1957-1959) and 13 months at the Colorado Youth Center as a "counselor" (read: guard) (1969), so I know a lot of those "sick, evil things" do, in fact, happen. And, yes, I know it's gotten a lot worse in the past few decades.
      •  The stories you and I could tell Joe Public (none)
        would probably make him never leave his house again.

        But you probably also know better than anyone that sometimes, good kids do evil things, make mistakes, and can learn from them.  Sometimes they don't learn.

        So I think everything has to be taken on an individual basis, though I was happy the death penalty was striken for kids.  Strangely, more for a logical POV than a moral one.  Never understood how a society can condemn you for killing someone, then cheer for your death.  Can't have it both ways.

        --Liberate your radio--

        by Sam Loomis on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 02:43:10 PM PDT

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