2010-06-10 / Letters/Opinion

What's Your Opinion?

Question: The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment forbids sentencing juvenile offenders, who do no participate in homicides, to life without parole. Do you agree or disagree? Briefly explain.

“Juveniles should get parole regardless of the crime, because I think they don’t really know what they’re doing. I don’t think they understand the meaning of life at that age.” Cynthia Roman, Canarsie “Juveniles should get parole regardless of the crime, because I think they don’t really know what they’re doing. I don’t think they understand the meaning of life at that age.” Cynthia Roman, Canarsie
“I agree. Because they are children. They need to learn. You can’t just lock people up. People change.” Shavonne Scott, Canarsie “I agree. Because they are children. They need to learn. You can’t just lock people up. People change.” Shavonne Scott, Canarsie
“Juveniles should have parole if it wasn’t a homicide. Some people might say that’s favoritism for them. But they should have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes.”  Carlos Baez, Canarsie “Juveniles should have parole if it wasn’t a homicide. Some people might say that’s favoritism for them. But they should have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes.” Carlos Baez, Canarsie
“With the exception of homicide, I agree they shouldn’t be sentenced without the possibility of parole. As a juvenile, they deserve a second chance.” George Joseph, Canarsie “With the exception of homicide, I agree they shouldn’t be sentenced without the possibility of parole. As a juvenile, they deserve a second chance.” George Joseph, Canarsie

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