Should Minors Be Allowed For Parole For All Minors? Essay

1003 Words Jun 9th, 2015 5 Pages
In 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to give minors life in prison without the opportunity for parole. This case built off a previous case in 2010, Graham v. Florida, which banned giving minors life without parole for crimes excluding murder. This most recent case, Miller v. Alabama, banned life without parole for all minors regardless of the crime. Both these conclusions did not take into account the families of the victims of these crimes. The basis behind these rulings only benefits one party. Minors should be able to receive the life sentence without parole.
66 percent of juveniles arrested will become repeat offenders within 24 months of their release and 49 percent of these offenders will commit another crime in the first year (Gaille). These statistics are one of many that prove that juvenile delinquents are just as culpable for their crimes as any adult. It is obvious in these statistics that they are fully aware of what they are doing if they are able to commit crimes again. Taking away the judge’s discretion to be able to sentence life without parole makes minors less culpable for their actions. Psychologists have agreed that the age of reason is generally seven years old. This is the age where a person can differentiate right from wrong. Therefore committing a crime, whether its simple theft or murder, should have the same consequences as any person would have regardless of age. There is an absence of settled clinical evidence…

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