Thursday, August 5, 2010

Children and Prison

Anyone who knows me, knows how passionately I feel about kids. I'm not just talking about babies, I'm talking about ALL kids. Over the past few years, I've watched several television programs, and researched endlessly about children in prison. A child being locked up in a juvenile correctional facility is one thing, but how many are aware of the thousands of kids incarcerated for life in prison without the possiblity of parole.

This trend of trying children as adults is quite the controversial topic, as I've had quite a few arguments with people of all walks of life. Though most feel similar to me, there are still some that say "lock them up and throw away the key". If you're one of those people think about costs a minimum of $40,000 for one bed a year in prison. If a child lives for 55 years, that's a grand total of $2,200,000! Now, wouldn't that money be better spent providing counseling, education, and skill training for our younger generations?

If this money would be better spent rehabilitating the juveniles, where do we draw the line? Would Lee Boyd Malvo have been a good candidate for rehabilitation, or should there be specific mental and emotional evaluations to determine the capacity for rehabilitation?

If you're following my blogs faithfully, you're going to see a trend of posts similar to this one. Feel free to comment at any point.