gimme a break!

“There are 73 children 14 and younger who have been
imprisoned for life without parole,” Stevenson told the
Court. “…For the age of 13 and younger, there are only
nine kids, and that’s including both kids convicted of
homicide and non-homicide….”

“The most recent Florida data shows, there is 1 inmate
who was 10, 4 inmates who were 11, 5 inmates who were
12, and 31 inmates who were 13 years old at the time of
their offense.”

from: November 11, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/story/143776/hard_to_believe%3A_73_u.s._kids_sentenced_to_life_without_parole_at_14_or_younger%2C_and_all_are_black

okay, this article is also focusing on the fact that most of these kids are black, but, hey,  I don’t care; the point is: THEY’RE KIDS!  Life in prison for a crime committed when someone was 10 years old????

What the hell does a 10 year-old know about her or his self?  Not that 10 year-olds are invalid beings, but, come on! What do 10 year-olds, or even 20 year-olds for that matter, really know about consequences?

How many people hit 30 and look back thinking: oh my god, what was I thinking? or not thinking? what was I doing?

Why do you think the army gets 18 year-olds to do their dirty work for them?  Cause it’s all still an adventure, and the deeper meaning doesn’t kick in til later.  How many people have you known who are raving drinking acid or other dropping possibly violent rebels with dirty hair and funky clothes in their early 20s, then wake up one day around 26, 27, realize they are still alive, cut their hair, buy a button down shirt and join (or try to join) the ranks (for better and worse)?

What kind of parents are the people making these laws/decisions?

What kind of parents are we?

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