Juvenile Justice

Dear Editor,

RE: George Will column, Thursday, April 26

In regards to juvenile justice and teens convicted of murder, Mr. Will states that “Denying juveniles even a chance for parole defeats the penal objective of rehabilitation.”

In case of murder, rehabilitation should not even be considered; Punishment and prevention of further crimes must take priority. The victims were not given a second chance.

I believe that any individual who reaches the age of reason and commits murder, should be given adult punishment.

True justice might be further served by allowing the victims’ survivors to set the punishment.

William J. Patsche

St. Clairsville