KIDS IN COURTS, KIDS IN CRISIS~Justice for all children, to be safe from harm, protected with mercy & compassion.~ One of the most cruel forms of punishment is "denial of existence"~~~
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “It would be misguided to equate the failing of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed."
Sunday, April 8, 2012
14-Year-Old Can Get Life Sentence, Rules Wisconsin Supreme Court
"The Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and the Wisconsin Psychological Association were among the groups that filed informational briefs in the case. The associations' attorney, Mike Halfenger, said his clients believe a juvenile should at least have the chance at a parole, but it may ultimately be up to state legislatures to reach that conclusion on their own."
"At least hold the door open," he said, "for the argument that the person I appeared to be as a minor is not the person I was capable of becoming."
A sentence of life with NO CHANCE of parole is a certain "death sentence" for "children". What a "child" was at that age, is NOT what they would "become" as an adult. "Children" do deserve a "chance" to turn their lives around, and become a "productive member" of society, LWOP is state sanctioned murder of these children, IMO