Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Second Chanes

We've all had times when we believe that we deserve a second chance. We've all made mistakes as kids that we regret through most of our lives. But are there some mistakes that don't deserve a do over?

In the late 1980's and 1990's, there were several cases around the country where juveniles who committed crimes were sentenced to life without parole. That was before everyone came to the realization the brain of a juvenile were not fully formed.

So in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles could not be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. So individuals who had these sentences were allowed for the first time to have parole hearings.

And it seems that parole boards listened to the individuals. And some of these individuals did receive parole. They got a second chance at life with the general public.

Can you imagine what life is like for these individuals? They have in essence been taken out of the world, and then dropped back into it. Many of them have never held a job. How do they find a job? And they are one mistake away from being imprisoned again. And this time no chance to go back into the real world.

So far none of the individuals have been sent back to prison. Maybe it is a good thing they were given a do over.

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