Eliminate Life In Prison Essay

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Eliminate Life in Prison for Juveniles To cause trouble and brake laws, or rules, is imprinted into human genes and those characteristics begin it illustrate themselves at the earliest stages in a humans life. At a very young age humans are rewarded for something that is perceived as ‘good’ and punished for braking rules. In the 1980’s a group a criminologists made a prediction that a violent and ruthless generation of juveniles was approaching. This influenced politicians to toughen up juvenile justice systems and reduce the age at which juveniles could be tried as adults. This prediction I was has caused a vast increase in the number of juveniles serving sentences in prison for the rest of their lives. Children as young as ten years old …show more content…
In some cases juveniles do not commit a crime because they want to, they do it because they are forced to by someone else or feel like they have no other option. In a conversation on Southern California’s Public Radio with Carrie Johnson, Sheldry Topp, a man who has been in a Michigan prison for forty-nine years, discusses why he committed murder. Topp recalls the incident and says, “I had no intention of killing anyone that night…I only wanted to escape from the hospital. I spent most of my life from the age of about 13 in various juvenile homes and hospitals because of my attempts to escape from a father whom I feared so much that I constantly trembled in his presence." (Johnson). Topp clearly did not want to kill anyone and had no plans of doing so at any moment in his life. However, he was so scared and traumatized of his abusive father that he would do anything to avoid his presence even if it meant killing someone. Supporters of life in prison for juveniles may argue that Topp could have thought of many different ways to handle the situation and remain distant from his father. I would acknowledge this statement and agree that Tobb could have dealt with his ordeal in much better ways but I would like to cite the words of Dr. David Fassler, a professor at the University of Vermont College. In an article by Malcolm Ritter called, “Behavior of teens is matter of biology Brain studies help shape legal policy” Fassler is asked several question about why teens act as impulsively as they do. In response Fassler says, “The inexplicable behavior and poor decisions teens are known for almost always happen when teens are feeling high emotion or intense peer pressure, conditions that overwhelm the still-maturing circuitry in the front part of brain” (Ritter). These are the

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