Archive for July 23rd, 2012

Juvenile Sentencing

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Why is it better to be tried as a juvenile than as an adult? Are we grading kids on a curve?

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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Judge to rule by Aug. 7 whether to suppress Cristian Fernandez interrogations Whether boy understood his rights or was tricked by police was argued.

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By Jim Schoettler

Polished attorneys for and against Cristian Fernandez spent Tuesday weaving through a slew of case law and evidence left for a judge to decide whether to suppress critical interrogations of the Jacksonville boy. Their final arguments then turned basic. “I guess my somewhat rhetorical question is ‘why are we here?’ ” said defense attorney Hank Coxe. He suggested that “both sides” agreed to everything from state and federal law to the opinions of psychological experts that Fernandez, then 12, couldn’t have understood his constitutional rights. But prosecutor Mark Caliel made it clear that Coxe spoke for only one side. “My simple response is we are here today because both sides respectfully disagree with the interpretation of the law and we’re asking this court to [make] a fair adjudication of facts, circumstances and the law in this case,” Caliel said.
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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Frustrated by Supreme Court ruling, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad acts to keep teen killers behind bars

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 in a move some legal analysts say flies in the face of the Supreme Court ruling, the governor commuted the life sentences of 38 juveniles, reducing their terms to 60 years, in a bid to make sure they stay behind bars for a very long time. If the sentences hold, those offenders will face parole boards in their mid-70s, provided they live that long.
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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: 1 out of 67 adult males in the US is in prison.

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Do you think that this might suggest that something is “out of whack”?  Does the US have 6-10 times as much crime?  Does the US have 6-10 times the drug problem?  Is US law enforcement 6-10 times better at “catching the bad guys” than in other industrialized countries?  My belief is that that answer to all these questions is “no.”

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