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#16 DocM

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 22:50

In the US the age at which a minor can be charged as an adult for heinous crimes varies by the State since they handle the vast majority of criminal offenses. Minor can be defined differently, but it's usually between 14 and 18. In Michigan the youngest murder conviction was at 11, and Indiana charged an 11 year old this last summer.

I say usually because a Juvinile Court judge can issue a waiver for some kids, often bottoming at 9-12, allowing charges to be brought in adult court. They can't be executed if they weren't 18 at the time of the crime, but they can serve life without parole. Several states are even tougher, allowing adult charges at any age - Florida for one. Murder charges can also be brought in Juvinile Court but the kid can usually only be held until age 18 - 21, again depending on the State.

Some states are also implementing a form of Preventive Detention - committal in a psychiatric institution after a criminal sentence has been served, but this is mostly aimed at sexual predators; pedophiles, serial rapists etc. Still being hashed out as to if it'll spread.


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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:13

Over here they let the kid just walk free and then sue him when he becomes 18 if they're smart enough, simple as that :p

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:15

Simple until he kills or seriously injures someone else.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:24

Must be those violent videogames /s

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:43

Bad seed - some people are born sociopaths, a subset of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), showing the symptoms of conduct disorder when quite young - even when raised in a good environment. Some like this kid 'bloom' early. Up to 40% of kids with conduct disorder later develop full blown ASPD.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 16:23

What do you do with a 10 year old kid who murdered someone?


Give him a gun, and ship him to Afghanistan. :shifty:

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 16:26

Where do these kids get the violence from? o.O

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 17:11

If they're genetic sociopaths they're born that way, with some diagnostic types having sadistic & abusive behavior as a basic feature. These come out primed & ready - usually showing a conduct disorder from a young age.

Kids with the trait but no expression of the disease can be flipped by a negative environment, but not necessarily an abusive one. Other, normal kids get it from abusive environments.

Your classic serial killer profile is sociopathic & sadistic behaviors as kids; ex: setting animals on fire or dismemberment, fire setting, suicide attempts, sexual fetishism etc., long before working their way up to humans.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 18:53

Just remove him from this world.