- Feb 2010
Except the juvenile justice system differentiates the ways defendants are treated and how they are sentenced, no? There is a different philosophy of punishment vs rehabilitation in the juvenile system, no?All this is not particularly distinct from treating him as an adult in the first place.
I think you'd need to know more about his overall psychology and attitudes regarding antisocial behavior in order to tell.Not "simply because." He took responsibility for what he did, indeed bragged about it, and in fact published the video. The fact that he referred to what he did as "rape" indicates he was mature enough to know the difference between right and wrong. It just did not occur to him that he would get caught.
I agree, but I'm not sure he has to be an on going threat, one that can only be thwarted by continued incarceration or the fatigue of age. I have no idea about this particular individual, but simply looking at his criminal behavior, recoiling from it, and responding with righteous indignation to treat him as if he were an adult isn't enough consideration to be ethical.Maybe. I believe some states may even require this as part of determining whether to try him as an adult, whereas in others it is non-discretionary. But rehabilitation is not the only issue. He still caused an enormous amount of harm, and represents a danger to society.