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originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: Subrosabelow
I respectfully disagree with many of your points. Kids are not getting away scot free today. I'm in the criminal courts all of the time. When I was a kid and you got caught with a case of beer, the cops took your beer and tried their best to scare the # out of you. (Which didn't work with me because my father was a cop). If you got in a fight after school, if anything at all happened, it was that your parents were notified. Etc., etc.. Nowadays, these kids are arrested, prosecuted and have a criminal record that can affect their lives greatly.
Relative to your point that harsher penalties bring greater obedience to the law, in my experience, this is incorrect. When you treat an young and impressionable person (usually someone who hasn't had a lot of quality parenting) as if they are a criminal, they believe it and act accordingly. However, when you treat them with understanding and services, meanwhile explaining to them that what they did was wrong and why, they have a chance to get out of the cycle. I believe that too much of our criminal justice system is wrapped up in revenge and punishment and very little is geared toward the reduction of recidivism.
One point I do agree with you on is that the pair should receive some sort of punishment, community service or a fine. If they complete that, the matter should be wiped from their records.
I do not defend these woman nor the actions they took. I don't think we should just let them walk. However, to say what stupid teenagers do is some sort of reflection of some horrible issue is absurd, IMHO. If we, as white people, really want to end racism, we need to have the thicker skin that we advocate for others.