#1 Trying youths as adults hurts families and taxpayers, but not crime05-06-2012, 07:40 AMxchrom
Trying youths as adults hurts families and taxpayers, but not crime
T.J. Lane speaks to his lawyer Robert Farinacci at his initial hearing March 6 in Geauga County Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder for killing three students at Chardon High School in February. Op-ed contributor Liz Ryan says youths that end up in adult prisons are 'the population most at risk for sexual assault, physical abuse, and suicide.'
If an Ohio juvenile court decides at a hearing today that he is competent to stand trial, 17-year-old T.J. Lane may become one of 250,000 youths prosecuted in adult criminal court every year.
Mr. Lane is accused of killing three students at Chardon High School and wounding several others in February. This is a tragedy for everyone involved. My deepest sympathies go out to the victims and their families.
The vast majority of youths in adult criminal court, however, are not charged with serious crimes, such as murder or rape. Less than 1 percent of the 2.2 million arrests of youths under 18 every year are for murder charges, and less than 5 percent of cases are for serious, violent crimes, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime report.
Most youth cases that end up in adult court, get there automatically – a result of laws, for instance, that set the age for adult trial at 16 or 17. These youths are not afforded the benefit of any kind of judicial hearing or case review by a juvenile court judge.
This nationwide practice is harmful to young people and can lead to serious, negative, and life-long consequences.
Well if a juvenile wants to do adult crimes....they should do adult time. So far....one dummy gets it.
2. Although I largely agree, someone like Lane
should be charged as an adult. He murdered 3 people in cold blood. He's the wrong poster boy for this argument. Should he be protected in prison? Of course.Lets just paint some happy clouds over at the sunshine and lollipop land
05-06-2012, 08:13 AM
One kewpie doll for Cali. Lucid moments like that are, sadly, an early warning sign of the dreaded terminal illness that has taken so many DUmmies to the gravestone - "Critical Thinking Syndrome."
05-07-2012, 09:11 AM
I don't think we should ever try kids as adults for non-violent and/or property crimes, with the exception of DUIs and similar charges that involve reckless disregard for the lives of others.
I used to think that it was always wrong to try someone under 16 as an adult for even violent crimes. I still do if the defendent is under 14, there is some level of coercion involving an adult directing the youth, the crime is truly accidental, or similar situations. But a cold-blooded 15 or 16 year old murderer or rapist is never going to change.
05-07-2012, 10:16 AM
05-07-2012, 11:00 AM
Aaron Kean. No one directed him to do anything. However, he directed this 3 year old little boy to his death. He got adult time and deserves every minute of it.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
05-07-2012, 12:26 PM
I believe that we need a new category of plea in the courts. Right now, the choices are guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity. We also need a category, Guilty but mitigated by insanity, in which the perp is acknowledge to be insane, but whose crimes are so abhorrent and whose mental state so unbalanced, that there should not be any question of releasing them back into human society. They can be kept safely locked up, receive medical treatment, but remain away from potential victims, or the families of those that they victimized.
05-07-2012, 02:24 PM
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PONTIAC — A man who spent his adolescent years in state custody for a rifle-slaying he committed at age 11 received a four-to-20-year prison sentence Monday on a drug conviction.
Nearly two years to the day that he walked out of juvenile detention as a free man, Nathaniel Abraham was ordered back behind bars for trying to sell Ecstasy out of the trunk of his car.
The 22-year-old from Pontiac was charged last year with dealing drugs after undercover officers in his hometown said they caught him selling at a gas station.
"I'm not saying I'll never make a mistake again, given the opportunity. I know I can be a success to the community," Abraham told Oakland County Circuit Judge Daniel O'Brien during Monday morning's sentencing hearing.
"A mistake is not noticing this step and tripping," O'Brien replied. "That's a mistake."
"You have the ability to say `I'm never going to commit a crime again,' because crimes require an intent," O'Brien said.
Abraham lawyer Byron Pitts said his client is sorry for what he's done.
"He's going to have a long time to think about it," Pitts said.
Abraham, who pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, made national headlines when he fatally shot Ronnie Greene, 18, of Pontiac on Oct. 29, 1997. The then-11-year-old was arrested two days later and convicted in November 1999 of second-degree murder.
Abraham was sentenced to juvenile detention until his 21st birthday and was released in January 2007.
At that court hearing, Abraham caused a stir by donning a flamboyant suit that some viewed as inappropriate.
"Show us all that you have become a caring, productive member of society," Oakland County Probate Judge Eugene Moore, who has been stern yet supportive of Abraham over the years, said at the time of his release.
"I know you can do it. Do it."
Sixteen months later, Abraham again was in police custody, arrested at the Pontiac gas station with 254 Ecstasy pills in a bag in his trunk.
After the arrest, Moore said in a statement that he was "very disappointed and particularly sad for the hundreds of people who worked hard to rehabilitate him for the nine years he was in the state training school and the wonderful mentors and volunteers and churches that stood by him."
05-08-2012, 12:05 PM
Also, regardless of whether someone can be rehabilitated the aspect of punishment must be observed. Jail is as much about punitative action as rehabilitation... maybe more.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.C. S. Lewis
05-07-2012, 03:22 PM
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On another note, how do you feel about lighter sentences in lieu of our public demand for LWOP and DP? In watching Lock Up Abroad, it seems like their prison population is more manageable because they have much fewer lifers. Am I wrong? Wouldn't 30 years and eligible for time-off for good behavior be good?
And what is up with parole? Are we just hearing the one side or is parole nearly impossible to complete without getting into trouble? In particular, the comments that parole in Florida is so difficult that inmates prefer simply to finish their time so as to be free of the system.
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