When I read in the first paragraph that police had arrested two juveniles in connection with a home invasion in Chester, I immediately wondered how much further I’d have to read to learn that they were charged as adults. Not long.
That’s what they do around here every chance they get, charge juveniles as adults.
Most of you say that’s what those kids deserved. They created a heinous crime, they should have known better, they have to do the time.
- ‘Heinous Crime’ – Can’t juvenile court handle heinous crimes?
- ‘Known Better’ – If you’re driving around in the stolen car just blocks away from the scene of the crime it’s obvious you’re as dumb as dishwater. You have mental issues.
- ‘Have to do the time’ – Juvenile court gives out time. When teens are charged as adults for their first offense, they are marked for life. Not much left to do but to continue as a criminal or in jail for the rest of their lives. That’s the trend.
When I write posts about charging kids as adults no one comments. I know the DA’s office reads this blog and when you don’t comment it confirms that you’re okay with it. They will continue to lock up every kid in adult jails every chance he gets.
Before charging a kid as an adult, I’d like these steps to be taken:
- Go to their home and see how they’re living?
- Determine family income?
- Identify who is raising the child (2 parents, 1 parent, guardian, no one)?
- What’s his grade point average?
- What’s her medical records reveal?
- What did they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner the day of the crime?
If you find a kid living in a run down home with no one working or providing income, who has a dysfunctional or missing parent, who doesn’t go to school or is far below proficient standards, who has never been to the doctor, dentist, eye doctor or psychologist, and doesn’t eat a hot meal at least once a day, you obviously have a sick kid on your hands who has not had the opportunity for normal development and should be given the opportunity to be saved before they’re charged as an adult.
Should kids who create heinous crimes be punished? Yes, but not punished for life as will be the case when they’re tried as adults.
Our kids are crying for help. Becoming labeled as a child felon with no opportunity to learn and grow into an adult and make decisions based on that growth is a crime in itself.
“When I was a child, I spoke, understood and thought as a child…” but was charged as an adult.