Readers respond to Sunday’s editorial, “Mandatory sentences not appropriate for juvenile cases,” on star-telegram.com.
The unfairness of the system is that only some juveniles get an opportunity to be rehabilitated, i.e., those whose parents can afford half-million per year treatment. I agree that we need to be asking questions and looking into “the system.” And yes, I am also a proponent of appropriate consequences for choices kids make. If we don’t endorse that in our criminal justice system, what’s the point of laws? Linda Jacobson
The juvenile justice system is an overall joke. It needs a big overhaul. And if juveniles are given the knowledge that their crimes will have actual punishment, you may just see a decrease in juvenile crime, especially violent crime. Augustus Green
Perhaps the judge could amend her sentence to force this boy’s parents into the same treatment center. After all, the whole family enjoying the holidays in a luxury beachside mansion is punishment enough. Dorothy Pomeroy Blackman
There are 15-year-olds who are declared to be adults spending time behind bars for committing murder and the truck he was driving is no different. It’s still a weapon and he should be judged as an adult and do the time — he committed the crime. James Dunham
The public seeks a sense of fairness. Balanced and fair like consequences should follow choices and behaviors. When they don’t, the public sees that as unfair. Unfair then equates to no justice. Michael Holland