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21 April 2012

A Once In A Generation Alignment Of The Stars

Good gravy, I agree with George Fwill:

Denying juveniles even a chance for parole defeats the penal objective of rehabilitation. It deprives prisoners of the incentive to reform themselves. Some prisons withhold education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs from prisoners ineligible for parole. Denying these to adolescents in a period of life crucial to social and psychological growth stunts what the court in 2005 called the prisoner’s “potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity.” Which seems, in a word — actually, three words — “cruel and unusual.”

There is so much wrong with our prison system I don't even know where to begin.

(Actually, I'd begin with a complete ban on privatized prisons and work from there.)


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