Prison for Minors

1372 WordsJul 11, 20186 Pages
“Prison is no place for anybody to start off at. This is where everybody ends up and they end up being a loser in life. This is where the ball game begins and only the tough survive” (“Prison”). There are approximately 2,500 prisoners serving life without parole sentences for homicide committed when they were under the age 18. More than 2,000 of them received that sentence as a result of a mandatory sentencing scheme (“US”). State laws call for a mandatory sentence of life without parole for those convicted of a felony murder. However, the Supreme Court ruled in June 2012 that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional. To sentence a minor to life in prison is unjust because people under the age of eighteen…show more content…
Their neighborhoods are typically in poverty and not the safest. If these young adults are brought out of their criminal life, they are still young enough to change their life style, and prison is not there that change should occur. There are many other alternatives for minors than to spend their life behind bars. Group homes, youth centers, and boot camps are great alternatives for minors other than having them spend their time in jail or prison. A group home is an institution where minors go when they have committed minor crimes. Therapists look after them, teach them life skills or help them divert from criminal behavior. Youth centers are about the same as a group home, but this is for more serious juvenile criminals. Boot camps can also be used to rehabilitate and prepare for the military, and help young criminals find the right way of life. The boot camps structure is the same as jail but involves more physical activity as well as training. Prison is not a place for children; adults that are sentenced to prison are there for a reason and are unfit to live with the rest of society. With the right encouragement and help, minors can rehabilitate and be put back into our society. In doing so, it will raise the common good. It could lower the crime rate in cities and lessen the number of not only juvenile criminals, but also even adult criminals. It will correspondingly increase domestic tranquility, as
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