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Unformatted text preview: Nguyen Phuong Anh Nguyen Professor Weatherford English 101 07/25/2011 A BIG QUESTION FOR THE “BIG” SOCIETY Life imprisonment without parole is a very inhumane punishment and should not be applied to juveniles, especially those around the ages of 13 and 17. First of all, teens are more “prone to impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions” and that “the character of a juvenile is not as well formed as that of an adult, according to Justice Kennedy (Lithwick). Further research has confirmed this claim. The general consensus among neuroscientists is that the maturation process is not completed until young adulthood: perhaps as late as 30 years, making the teenage brain inherently less capable of balancing emotions and more likely to exhibit risk-taking behavior (Carr- Gregg). Another reason that is to blame is the fact that teenagers are being exposed to too much violent entertainment and offensive weapons such as firearms. They tend to entertain the illusions that they are the heroes carrying such dangerous weapons to save the world just like the characters...
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