by Michael P. Jacobson
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Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
- Nina Totenberg
“Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?” is a news article that offers insight into the United States’ juvenile criminal justice system, which often provides extreme punishments to adolescents.Pair “Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?” with “The Cost of Prison in Dollars and Lives” to provide students with additional information about the justice system’s changing views on juvenile offenders. Ask students to discuss how juvenile offenders are affected when they’re incarcerated. Based on juveniles’ ability to be rehabilitated, do students think life imprisonment is ever the right decision for juvenile offenders? Why or why not?