yes and throw away the key
no, they deserve a second chance
And don't even tell me we haven't executed innocent people before either. We could avoid all of these problems with LWOP, meaning until you die in prison and not 35 years. There is really no need to kill them. Like I said earlier, the only ones I would be in favor of allowing DP for would be the most heinous serial killers/mass murderers who are just too far gone.
I have already stated... twice... that I do NOT support the DP here. I have stated once that LWOP is the better option.
In my opinion, you are coming off as saying they're not even wholly responsible for their actions because they're "children" and know not what they do. THAT I reject. Don't lump me in with all the others.
Last edited by radcen; 08-22-13 at 01:12 PM.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
I clearly stated that since they committed a "big boy" crime, they should go to "big boy" prison.
And another thing, I've been reading through, and it's pretty stupid to make fun of prosecutorial misconduct. It happens a LOT more often than you would like to think. I'm not saying this happened in this case, but is just another reason to be anti death penalty. Just recently in my state there were TWO incidents of misconduct, more to do with the forensic lab employees though.
Prosecutorial Misconduct Cases \| CIP
Prosecutorial Misconduct Statistics:
In their analysis of the causes of wrongful convictions in cases where the conviction was overturned based on new DNA evidence, researchers found that prosecutorial misconduct was a factor in from 36% to 42% of the convictions.
Oops double post.
prosecutorial misconduct and wrongful conviction are not an issue here.
You people need to update your information about minors and the way their minds function.
Supreme Court: Juveniles Cannot Be Subjected To Mandatory Sentences Of Life Without Parole | ThinkProgress
Today, the Supreme Court ruled that juvenile offenders who commit homicide crimes cannot be mandatorily sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The ruling extends the reasoning of a 2009 decision prohibiting the similar sentences for juveniles who commit non-homicide crimes. The decision followed a predictable pattern — it was decided 5-4 — but unlike some recent criminal justice cases, Justice Kennedy sided with the court’s “liberal” justices.
Two factors contribute to the determination that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment: first, life without parole for a juvenile is like a death sentence, and second, children, who lack maturity and a sense of responsibility, are constitutionally different from adults when it comes to sentencing. Of course, mandatory sentencing schemes do not take into account any characteristics, including age, of defendants.
Recent research on brain development in teenagers backs up the Court’s determination that children are different from adults, particulary when it comes to characteristics that should matter for sentencing: children are more reckless, risk-taking, and impulsive. A report published last year by British scientists, lawyers, and ethicists, argues that emerging understanding of how children’s brains develop should inform how we treat children who commit crimes:
“A number of psychologists have already shown that adolescents are not wholly responsible individuals and are inclined to take risks and behave in irresponsible ways,” said Nicholas Mackintosh, an emeritus professor in the department of experimental psychology at the University of Cambridge and chair of the Royal Society panel. “What neuroscience has shown in the last 10 years is that this is at least associated with the fact that the brain continues to develop throughout adolescence.”
In particular, the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making, impulse control and cognitive control, is among the slowest parts of the brain to mature and is not fully developed until around the age of 20. “Neuroscience adds to the evidence that a 10 or 12 or 15-year-old does not have a fully adult brain in many important respects,” said Mackintosh.