« on: June 01, 2005, 08:05:40 PM »
yo, i dont care how young a person is, if they intentionally kill someone they deserve to GO AWAY for a very long time. kids know right from wrong at a very early age and they know that murder is wrong even before that. the first thing that parents should teach kids is that there are serious consequences for taking someone's life.
I strongly disagree with this. How can children be expected to automatically know right from wrong especially if there are no positive role models and if violence is a way of life from the time they're very young? I think a lot of us pass judgement from 20,000 ft. and have no idea what conditions children are growing up in. I agree that children need to be punished, but sending a kid to prison where there is no attempt at rehabilitation does nothing for the kid or for society. Prison basically guarantees that whatever negative behavior the child has learned on the streets will be reinforced. You do the math, even if the little girl does 20 or 30 years (manslaughter sentences aren't nearly as long) she'll be back on the streets well before she's an old lady. And then what?
For me it's pretty much a no-brainer but I'm curious to know what everyone else thinks?
P.S. I'm assuming that by "go away" you meant go to jail. Perhaps not... Feel free to clarify.