Friday, April 20, 2012

‘Cruel and unusual punishment’ ... a test case

Excerpt-PLEASE read full article

"Denying juveniles even a chance for parole defeats the penal objective of rehabilitation. It deprives prisoners of the incentive to reform themselves. Some prisons withhold education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs from prisoners ineligible for parole. Denying these to adolescents in a period of life crucial to social and psychological growth stunts what the court in 2005 called the prisoner’s “potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity.” Which seems, in a word -- actually, three words -- “cruel and unusual.”
It is long overdue, NOT to have recognized, the "immaturity of the human brain". People change, children deserve "that chance"...IMO

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