Monday, 1 August 2011

Florida's Kids Prison - USA

Child offenders die behind bars in US "life means life" policy

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America is the only country in the world to treat children the same as adults when it comes to murder trials. Should children be put behind bars for life? We meet two young men who want a second chance.

I can't even put into words the regret I feel", Alfonza says. When he was 14, Alfonza attacked a woman and her two children in their car, raping the woman and shooting the children dead. "His second chance is having a life", says the devastated surviving mother. Devin, falling into the wrong crowd after a traumatic upbringing, is in jail for his part in a robbery that went wrong. He didn't kill anyone, yet he also got a life sentence with no review. One judge admits that perhaps "you need discretion" in these cases.

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