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."
“I just wish I could go back in time,” says a tearful Brian Draper near the end of Lost for Life, director Joshua Rofé’s arresting documentary on U.S. juvenile “lifers.” And with those words, Draper apparently offers the only good solution, albeit an impossible one, to a complex and heartrending state of affairs. Brian and high school classmate Torey Adamcik, both 21 at the time the film was made, were arrested at the age of 16 for the brutal and senseless stabbing murder of fellow classmate Cassie Stoddart. Both were tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, the result being that their heinous acts robbed our society of not just one young and promising life, but three such lives. And that sad situation is at the heart of Lost for Life as it probes the challenging and complex issue of whether it is appropriate to lock away juvenile offenders for life, without even the possibility of parole........."
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