Life Without Parole Sounds Fine For A 35 Year Old Man Essay

1249 Words Oct 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Life without parole sounds fine for a 35-year-old man who commits a heinous crime, right? What about life without parole for a 15-year-old boy? That is my question I am wrestling with in this essay. I’m wondering how severe of a punishment is appropriate for adolescents. Studies have shown that people under the age of 18 are not capable of making major decisions and are unable to think properly. Their brains are underdeveloped and they are more susceptible to peer pressure. Humans are trying to find themselves throughout their entire life, but they are specifically impressionable under the age of 18. Adolescents definitely do deserve punishment, being immature does not excuse a crime. It is where the line needs to be drawn is the question. I choose two sources to shine some light on the topic. The first source is an article from Justice Research, Young Offenders: What Happens and What Should Happen. The second source is Paul Appelbaum’s article, Punishing Juveniles Who Kill. The main topic of both relates to juveniles who commit crimes and the punishment they receive. Touching on what has happened in the past to the present and what severity is appropriate.

The first source is Young Offenders: What Happens and What Should Happen by Greg Ridgeway and Robert Listenbee. This article examines the history of punishment policies in the 20th century. Most of the 20th century focused on rehabilitative efforts for under age criminals, but then it states that recently more juveniles…

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