22 states in America allow kids as young as 7 to be tried as adults. Yes, many of their crimes were bad, but kids don’t just wake up one morning and decide to commit a crimes for no reason. Many are in positions in their young lives, and their lack of maturity, feeling they have no way out and no one is listening, erupts in events that once done can’t be undone. There are many stories and many reasons and none I heard were saying they weren’t guilty of what happened. None, in their lack of wisdom understood the ramifications. Many people for many reasons don’t think something bad will happen to them because of their actions, and some never had a way to even learn that concept because they didn’t come from a place where they were taught the difference between right and wrong.
One boy came from a home where 7 male family members were behind bars and he also witnessed his father shot and killed in front of him when he was 14. Did her ever have a chance of having a “normal” life? Are these children to be feared now? I know there are mentally ill people, youth and adults. If these people locked up as children, when they get free and they have never had a chance to get the help they need, they may end up doing worse things as adults.
But the stories of the children in this film don’t seem to stem from mental illness. They came from homes that many of us, were we to have had their lives, could have ended up in the same situation they did. Many of these children never had a chance. Growing up, and maturing in prison, some want to be able to use their lives to reach out to other young people, to show them what can happen, to use their life as an example. But to be given 25 years to life? Is this really the best path? They aren’t asking to be set free. They know they did wrong, but is it the best use of their life? Can their lives be redeemable? You will have to make up your own mind. It doesn’t matter what you think, it only matters what THEY do and how the system responds to that. There are good and bad people on both sides of the fence. Inmates and their keepers.
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