Life Sentences for Juveniles: Yes or No? (Video)

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There have been numerous cases of heinous crimes committed by juveniles (nearly 2500) and they have met with the harshest punishment of all … life in prison without chance of parole.

These sentences, when given to the likes of Lee Boyd Malvo, accomplice to John Allen Muhammad (D.C. Sniper)  have given us an immediate reaction of satisfaction.

But we forget to look at their age and their ability to transform their young souls.

Look at the young men that were involved in the horrific death of Derrion Albert, the 16-year old beaten to death in Chicago.

The men are probably in line to receive the same punishment, especially since only one of the accused is under 18.  Yet, their crime fits that type of punishment right?  How many of you believe that if the shoe fits, let them wear it to hell?

When we hear what they’ve done we immediately look the other way and wait till they are gone from our site.  The community (if there is one left) has disintegrated behind the absence of not only black fathers, but their sons are being locked away at an alarming rate.  The absence is an absence, no matter how it came about.  So, do we rehabilitate and restructure their thinking or let them rot?

Well, before you answer that, wait until you see this young woman’s testimony.  Her name is Sara Kruzen and she’s only 29.  Guess how long she’s already been locked up?  You might wanna believe she’s an actor, here with a public service announcement.  Unfortunately, that could not be further from the truth.

-J.C. Brooks

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