What Do We Do With Young Killers?


I think it would be fair to say that most people won’t remember, but in December of 2006, the United Nations took up a resolution calling for the abolition of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for children and young teenagers.

With the United States being the only country that voted against the resolution, the vote turned out to be 185 to 1.

An article featured in The New York Times caught my eye, and I am of the opinion that everyone should go read it, come back here and share your thoughts on the matter.

This author personally feels that imprisoning a 30-year-old for something that he did when he was 15 could possibly be a huge injustice.

The issue is a matter of degree, however.

Is it wrong to imprison an 18-year-old for something horrible that he did when he was 14? How about a 20-year-old? How long should we lock these kids up? Does it depend on what they did? Does it depend on how and if they change? If it depends on if they change, why are we letting anyone out of prison if they haven’t made a serious attempt to change their attitude towards conforming to social norms?

Hard questions.

Let us know what you think.

Update!

We’ve had many great responses to this post, but one in particular stands out. Here it is, in its entirety:

A tough question but one easily answered if we choose to live in an environment devoid of sociopathic killers. If we are sick and tired of losing loved ones close to us.

Sadly enough there are people born with a head of bad wiring. As children they can be cute, endearing, witty and lethal. NOTHING will change their desire to kill. They kill. That is what they do and some of them are pretty darn good at it. They kill your mother, your father, your daughter, or in my case, my twin brother. For what? Two thousand dollars. In their sick, twisted minds a human being has the value of two thousand dollars.

This isn’t about my brother. This is about a society that is so obsessed with being touchy feelie that they allow killers to re-enter our society and kill again and then, again. The answer, prison? No. Lethal injection within 48 hours of being sentenced to death. The lengthy appeal process must be eliminated completely. There are NO exceptions. I know.

People will read this and think I’m outrageous. Am I? Or is this the solution to end the ever rising murder rate in this country? This isn’t rocket science. Eliminate the problem without prejudice and the problem disappears. Until we put the lives of our loved ones in a higher regard of those who kill our loved ones then we must accept and not be surprised at the ever increasing murder rate.

– DGC

Seattle, Washington


One thought on “What Do We Do With Young Killers?”

  1. This really is a great response. You hear about these cases too often. I believe honestly that certain people cannot be rehabilitated, no matter their age…

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