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.