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reply to post by Darkphoenix77
At what age, should you hold a person accountable for their actions, and the choices that they make? After all people like the Mendez brothers are orphans, course they did kill their parents, should we forgive them so readily, even though they brutally and maliciously murdered their parents? And how about Maddie Clifton, after all that young girl should have grown up, but funny, how her neighbor murdered her and then hid the body. Oh by the way the 14 yo boy showed no remorse for his action.
And the lists go on. But lets go to more non violent crimes, such as Tyler Pagenstecher, after all he did not kill anyone, not really, but what he did could be construed just as bad, after all he sold drugs to neighborhood kids, some 20,000 dollars a month. Yet should we forgive him all cause he was 16? At what point do we say that enough is enough and hold people accountable for their actions, and stop making excuses for their behavior?
While yes, the old days where people respected life and abhorred violence are gone, but at the same time if you look back, if a child stepped out of line they got their butt beat, and jail was the last place that people wanted to go. Those were the days, when going to jail was a real punishment, and people would think twice about going there, as it was not the place as it is today. Maybe we should go back to where jails are that rough again and take a page from say Joe Arpio’s book on running a jail, and just maybe it may make people think twice before committing a crime or breaking a law.