Letter: Keep juvenile penalties in force

A cell block.

A cell block. Photo Credit: Lili Holzer-Glier

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Reading "Prosecution of youths" [News, April 7], I was astounded that yet again politicians are more concerned with the well-being of criminals than with their victims.

These politicians are trying to reverse a policy -- prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in misdemeanor and felony cases -- that came about for a very good reason. In 1978, at age 15, Willie Bosket shot and killed three men. He confessed to the murders, but the maximum penalty at the time was five years because he was a minor.

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Juveniles today still commit serious crimes, so exactly where is the need to go easy on juvenile criminals coming from?

Anthony Johnson Sr., Brentwood

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