Should juveniles, who have been convicted of murder,
receive prison sentences of “life without the possibility of parole”?
14 Years Old: Too Young for Life in Prison?
Two teenagers were convicted murderers and sentenced by being put in prison for a long time without possibility of parole. Opponents of harsh sentences debated that those juveniles deserve to be given second chances. The lawyers for the young criminals believed that their immature behaviors were triggered by semi-developed brains. In addition, Kim Thompson, a professor of law in New York University, supported that people have to think twice for juveniles’ crime cases. They believed that young criminals have possibility to live within society. It is possible that they were not involved in the whole processes of murder. Therefore, certain teen criminals deserve to have opportunities to rehab their inappropriate acts.
However, the family members of victims argue that those young criminals had no regret to kill people and they would not change their bad behavior. The civil right group, The Equal Justice Initiative, rejected the media interviews before hearing because daughter of victims kept her belief of giving punishments for young criminals. Certain cases were shown that it was too cruel for young lifers. Quantel Lotts, who was put in prison without parole at 17 years old, still wished judge to give him a chance when he accepted the interview for New York Times. People do not believe that juvenile criminals might change their behavior. In addition, after they were put into jails, they would not have any help. Eventually, their life would end without light and hope since they were locked up at young age. Nowadays, some teen criminals want to say that they already change after they got into prison. Furthermore, young offenders hope that they could do something...