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Life for children?

Published 11/27/2009, The Jamestown Sun

The U.S. Supreme Court this month heard arguments in a case that could decide whether a child who commits a crime should be sentenced in some circumstances to life without parole. There can be no question that some minors who murder are unfit to be released from prison for fear they might kill again. But what about crimes that don’t involve homicide? Should a 13-year-old be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole? Such a case is now before the Court. Perhaps if we focused more on redemption, rather than detention, the results would be different.

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