Lost for Life – Documentary

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Lost for Life is a documentary about juveniles serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.  The offenders in the documentary commented horrific acts of violence and murder, but all of them were under the age of 17 at the time.

Should they be serving life without the possibility of parole?

Scientific research has proven the human brain is not completely developed until the early twenties.  Should that be a consideration when sentencing a juvenile that has committed murder?  Should rehabilitation be the focus, instead of punishment?

I honestly have a hard time judging an adult, based on crimes committed as a juvenile.  As a teenager, I did a lot of stupid things.  I also committed several crimes, but I got lucky and was never prosecuted.

As an adult, I am a completely different person.  I have a much better grasp of morality and ethics.  I would never consider committing those crimes today and I am even baffled by my own stupidity as a young person.

I thank God I am not judged today based on my actions as a juvenile.  I am only judged by my actions as an adult.

What are your views on juveniles serving life without the possibility of parole?  Let me know in the comment section.

 

10 thoughts on “Lost for Life – Documentary

  1. Punishment alone never works. Proof is in the US where the rate of incarceration is even bigger than during the worst period of Stalinist Russia. It is the highest in the OECD world. some form
    Over six hundred prisoners per hundred thousand of the general population. Compare this with Holland where prisons are being closed through lack of criminals. Rehabilitation and free good education for all is the only answer.
    As for juveniles under eighteen, they should not be in jail at all but in detention where rehabilitation is the main aim.

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  2. I did stupid stuff well into my 30’s so who would I be to judge children or adults? I’ll leave the judging for the judges. But, my opinion is the same as the previous commenters; locking them up for life as a punishment is not the answer.

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  3. That’s a tough question. I think rehabilitation should always be part of the equation, but the circumstances, the details of the crime, would make a difference in my judgment. I would like to believe that all people are inherently good, but I’m just not sure.

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  4. There are so many “life questions” which require much deep thought and most of them (if not all of them) dictate more than a single perspective be considered. In the context of this Post, whenever the Offender’s rights (perceived or otherwise) are part of a discussion, then the Victim’s rights (perceived or otherwise) must also be considered.

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  5. I have such a hard time understanding the prison system at all, I can’t be expected to make sense of children locked up for life. I suppose some are psychopaths, and dangerous to the world at large, but many of them are surely just people who made terrible mistakes than cannot be undone. I don’t much care about what people did years ago, but I am very interested in what they’re doing now.

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  6. Baffles me yet pricks at my soul & pains my heart. I am specializing in the care of Adolescents. I have no answers to your questions and after reading this I have developed more. My experience in the field is limited yet each day I get up to connect and do what God has placed before me. It all hurts. All of it.

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