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Showing posts with label Jordan Brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jordan Brown. Show all posts

Thursday, February 26, 2009

No Child Belongs In An Adult Jail.

We think of the heart as the center of our emotions. But it's more; it's the origin of our desires, imaginations, motives and intentions. That's why God says, "Above all... guard your heart...it is the well-spring of life. Just like bad fuel makes our car perform badly, Jesus says, "The things that come from the heart makes a man unclean...evil thoughts, murder, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander." (Mt 15:18-19). A person produces good deeds from a good heart and evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say and do. (Lk 6:45)
This is my thoughtful take on a difficult subject. I agree that putting any 11 year old CHILD in an adult prison is never a good idea. This approach has no benefit at all to our society. Any hope of redemption will be destroyed by putting any child into the destructive atmosphere of adult jail. I believe as long as we can inhale and exhale there's hope. Our "tough on crime culture" needs to realize that children should be treated differently within the justice system, because they are different. Their brains are still developing. This story also makes a strong case for giving judges the discretion they need. Every case is different and mandatory minimums do more harm than good. Yes! I believe Jordan needs to pay for his crime but not in an adult prison.