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Should the law protect underage criminals?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-11-03 09:00

Ratfink (Australia)

If a minor has a long history of offending then the penalties should be designed to cause maximum reflection on their crime(s) rather than a punitive punishment, in most cases. For some crimes though, kids should be jailed for very long periods and face adult penalties (but not the death penalty), particularly if a crime occurs over the age of 14 or 15, for example, premeditated murder, certain crimes against society, etc.

Teacher Ruan Hua (R) talks with a delinquent juvenile offender in a correctional center in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, May 4, 2011.[Photo/Xinhua]
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