Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hiding crime behind anonymity

I don’t agree with the practice of keeping the names of juvenile repeat or violent offenders from being made public. Newspapers and tabloids report again and again about people being mugged, robbed, raped, violently beaten, even killed. But then comes the bland statement that - despite the horrific nature of the crimes reported - the names of the offenders could not be released because of their age… because they were 16 years of age or less.

Of course, I know that the newspapers/tabloids would like nothing better than to out such thugs and murderers, but they’re held back by the law. Well, I think that law is wrong, wrong, wrong. If you’re old enough to commit adult crimes, you’re old enough to be tried and convicted as an adult. Why protect such creatures?


Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Yayyy i am the first;) And I agree. Feel sorry about such things, but, agree.

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Waiting for your next post btw:)

Jo A. T.B. said...

I agree totally! Here in the U.S. young criminals are not protected by the media, young criminals are protected under the law and will not be prosecuted as an adult!

But their names and faces are printed all over T.V. newspapers, and radio as well as the stories of their crimes. I think the conviction should fit the crime no matter the age, unless a person is defending themselves!