We are constantly lectured by those in the justice system that treating teenage criminals differently than adults leads to a higher success rate in terms of rehabilitation.
Here's a flash- WE DON'T CARE!
There, I said it.
I speak for the majority of citizens who believe that punishment is more important than rehabilitation.
When it comes to those who commit violent acts that impact the families of victims for life, we demand that perpetrators be held accountable.
Let the punishment fit the crime.
How is it that in Canada this concept has gone down the toilet?
For too long, our criminal justice system has been about the criminal, not about the victims and their families.
Yes, it's expensive to house inmates for long periods of detention, but it's no excuse not to do so. Compared to all the other crap we pay for, it's a bargain.
Families who suffer a grievous loss get closure and perhaps a level of grim satisfaction when the perpetrators are judged for their crime and the sentence reflects the severity of the act.
When that punishment is ridiculously small, what is the family left to believe?
That the murder of a beloved family member by a teen means nothing more than a three year sentence in a teen facility that's nothing more than a glorified camp.
In many cases, families of victims haven't even gotten over their initial grief, before the perpetrator is let out.
The three Montreal North teens who killed a Vietnamese grandmother will likely get off with the proverbial three year sentence. (In fact two of them will probably get less, because only one of them actually punched and kicked the victim.)
Lieu, murdered by 3 Montreal North teens.
According to an article in La Presse, where the young murderers are cast in a most sympathetic light;
- They didn't do it on purpose and didn't plan to rob anyone, it just sort of happened.
- They've never done this type of thing before (never been caught?) and it was an unfortunate act.
- The victim was responsible for her injuries because she resisted. Had she given up her purse she still be alive.
- Psychologist Hubert Van Gijseghem, quoted in the article, has already laid out a 'Twinkie' defense. According to him, young boys between 15 and 16 years of age suffer from impulsiveness because of a elevated testosterone level.'
While we don't suggest the teens be locked away for life, a maximum of three year is completely unacceptable.