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Do you think it is right to review the ills of someone’s childhood when they are being charged with a crime? Should a criminal with a difficult childhood get a more lenient sentence?

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      Mztracy wrote Jun 1, 2011
    • Depends on the age and the crime.  

      Ex: a 14 year old knows right from wrong, imo. They commit a heinous act, then yes it should come into play.

      Many serial killers committed crimes as juveniles, maybe if they had really had to pay and their crimes openly their future victims may have been less.




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 1, 2011
    • That is a tough one..Tracy mentioned about serial killers starting out young, and I often wondered if their parents pushed their odd behavior under the rug or pretended it was a phase and never brought it up again...point in case, Jeffrey Dahmer..apparently having cannibalistic tendencies since childhood..how can a parent not see this?




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      Cheekymonkey wrote Jun 1, 2011
    • I think if any child commits a heinous crime no matter the age it should be delt with. I think if the system can have help for adults it should be twice forth coming for a minor.
      If the minor commints a crime as an adult also his record as a minor should come into
      Play. Might help with gangs using minors....




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      Linda L wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • What’s difficult childhood - bad family life or the person had behavioral issues as a kid?  I think it depends on what the difficult childhood was and the severity of the crime.




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