yes and throw away the key
no, they deserve a second chance
Scientists have identified a specific region of the brain called the amygdala which is responsible for instinctual reactions including fear and aggressive behavior. This region develops early. However, the frontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls reasoning and helps us think before we act, develops later. This part of the brain is still changing and maturing well into adulthood.
Other specific changes in the brain during adolescence include a rapid increase in the connections between the brain cells and pruning (refinement) of brain pathways. Nerve cells develop myelin, an insulating layer which helps cells communicate. All these changes are essential for the development of coordinated thought, action, and behavior.
Changing Brains Mean that Adolescents Act Differently From Adults
Pictures of the brain in action show that adolescentsí brains function differently than adults when decision-making and problem solving. Their actions are guided more by the amygdala and less by the frontal cortex. Research has also demonstrated that exposure to drugs and alcohol before birth, head trauma, or other types of brain injury can interfere with normal brain development during adolescence.
Based on the stage of their brain development, adolescents are more likely to:
act on impulse
misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions
get into accidents of all kinds
get involved in fights
engage in dangerous or risky behavior
Adolescents are less likely to:
think before they act
pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions
modify their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors
From this source: The Teen Brain: Behavior, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Isn't this thread about the Aussie guy and the teen that shot him? About the two others being tried as well? Maybe I am debating the wrong thing...Awww, I thought you were discussing the 15yr in the Washington State Case
Do you really mean that? Absolutely no minimum sentence for any crime? Do you also support no maximum sentence limit(death penalty excepted)?I also don't believe in mandatory sentencing at all. Either you trust your judiciary to take the right decision on the basis of the detailed assessment of each individual case, or you dispense with them altogether and hand over your judicial system entirely to politicians and their agenda-driven tariffs.
For the crime of theft: Whatever the judge says.
For the crime of rape: Whatever the judge says.
For the crime of murder: Whatever the judge says.
I for one do not trust the Judaical branch to set proper sentences with that degree of latitude. Judges will impose their own opinions on what a proper sentence for reasons they pull out of their ass.
Unless you are using the term populace for what is now known as progressive I would say the populist would support the death penalty in this case. If you are referring to the progressive movement they are opposed to LWP as well as the death penalty.Life without the possibility of parole seems like a populist sop to those who hanker after the death penalty being applied for currently non-capital offences, but offences that nevertheless stir up the frothing outrage of the media and the mob.
I do not think that brainwashing will become advanced enough in the near or intermediate future to do this. And for them it would require neural engineering to do so. And I can think of the many uses such engineering would be put to; one would be as re-educating people who think Wrong Thoughts.Would I say that these kids have so crossed the line of morality that in 10, 20, or 40 years time there's absolutely no possibility that they could live law-abiding and useful lives as members of a community? No, I wouldn't say that at all. I'd say the opposite. I'd say that in a number of years time, properly assessed and with a regime aimed at rehabilitation as well as punishment and exclusion, there's every possibility (not necessarily likelihood, but it's possible) for someone to reform. Hence, a LWP tariff is counter-productive.
It sucks to do the time when you done the crime. And with the penal system in Oklahoma if I had my way there would be more guards and the prison population would be strictly monitored.With these boys, only one of whom thought it such a good idea to kill someone that he actually pulled the trigger, despite the fact that there was more than one weapon in the car, to say that there's zero possibility of any of them ever being able to live normal lives is a condemnation of the Oklahoma penal system as much as it is of their supposedly incorrigible nature.
For crimes less than murder, rape and child molesters yes they might be able to rejoin society but in this particular case of Murder One. No they will have to be removed permanently.There does seem to be a train of thought running through many of these crime-related threads on DP that assumes that the only thing you can expect of the penal system is to prevent offenders and the general public from ever encountering one another again. That there are two types of people, crims and non-crims and that there's no redemption whereby the latter can return to being the former have once stepped across a line. I don't buy that.
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