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Allison Hamerski Ms. Gamache ERWC Period 1 May 3, 2014 JLWOP In the article On Punishment and Teen Killers by Jenkins, sadly brings to our attention that kids are sometimes responsible for unimaginable crimes, in 1990 in a suburban Chicago neighborhood a teenager murdered a women, her husband, and her unborn child, as she begged for the life of her unborn child he shot her and later reported to a close friend that it was a “thrill kill”, that he just simply wanted to see what it felt like to shoot someone. A major recent issue being debated is whether or not we have the right to sentence Juveniles who commit heinous crimes to life in adult penitentiaries without parole. I strongly believe and agree with the law that states adolescents who commit these heinous crimes should be tried as adults and sentenced as adults, however I don’t believe they should be sentenced to life without parole. I chose this position because I believe that these young adults in no way should be excused for their actions and need to face the severe consequences of their actions. Although on the other hand I believe change is possible and that prison could be rehabilitating and that parole should be offered. In the online article End Juvenile Life Without Parole is declares that two thousand five hundred and seventy adolescents have already been sentenced to die in prison nationwide. There is no hope for these young adults, regardless of what they do to repent their actions or to change themselves for the better or maybe even come to realization with the depth of the crime they have committed, they will simply never get a second chance. Juvenile crime has already made obvious progress, “in the mid-1990s, violent juvenile crime declined, and it has continu... ... middle of paper ... ...7 May 2014. . "Mass. high court strikes down life without parole sentences for juveniles - The Boston Globe." BostonGlobe.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2014. . "Prison Legal News - Legal articles, cases and court decisions." Prison Legal News - Legal articles, cases and court decisions. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2014. . Jenkins Jennifer “On Punishment and Teen Killers.” Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, 2 August 2011. 7 May 2014. Garinger Gail “Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences” The New York Times, 14 March 2012. The New York Times 7 May 2014.

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