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  •  As a society (none)
    we have made an appropriate, but somewhat arbitrary decision that children become adults at 18. Like most kos readers, I used to be a child. I have children of my own. And I know, beyond any doubt, that every one is different. Some are mature as adults at 16, and others not until they reach 20 or even older. Certainly we don't hold 6 year olds to the same standards as adults. Some appropriate age has to be chosen, and 18 seems as reasonable as any. But yet it makes no sense to automatically prosecute those younger than 18, as adults, for only the most heinous of crimes. A 16 year old is a child when they shoplift a candybar. Yet they are an adult when they murder. Where is the logic in that? Maybe they are. Maybe not. But automatically charging and treating minors as adults for the worst crimes, without regards to any adult/child debate is absurd. It is time for this issue to return to calm thoughtful public debate, without emotional rhetoric.

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