Why The Juvenile Courts Do Not Agree With These Punishments For A Minor

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Under the Wyoming state statute 6-3-314 (Sexual assault in the first degree,) the maximum punishment is up to 50 years and a statutory felony. I see why the juvenile courts do not agree with these punishments for a minor. That is a lot of time for someone that has not yet reached the legal age of adulthood. One should not spend the best years of their lives behind bars. The problem is, teens pull the short straw when these offenses are committed. Our founding fathers said it best “All men are created equal.” So why do we protect these juveniles that have committed such a serious crime. They will get the minimum punishment or placed on juvenile probation for an offense like this. While an adult will most likely have the maximum punish for the same crime. For example, Thomas Simmons, who at the age of 21, spent about have his life confinement for sexually abusing a relative for years. It all started when he was 13 years of age. By the time he reached the age of 17, Simmons was indefinitely committed to South Carolina’s adult violent sex offender treatment program. He became the youngest person admitted into that program. In this program, he was set in a private wing and had staff protecting him from all the other people that were there. The law protected this man from the mandatory death penalty because he was a juvenile. Where’s the justice in that? Even though he could have also possibly been sent away for life after his punishment; Nicole Pittman, Soros Senior…

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