Yesterday, a jury in Medicine Hat, Alberta, deliberated for just three hours before finding a 13-year-old girl (known only as ‘J.R.’) guilty of aiding and abetting her 23-year-old boy friend in the gruesome killing of her parents and her eight year-old brother because her parents wanted her to break up with her boy friend who will be tried later. 
      JR is the youngest Canadian ever convicted of murder.  She will be sentenced next month.  The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison although she would not serve more than six.
      Despite her gruesome crime, does it make any sense to sentence a 13-year-old girl to hard time in a federal penitentiary?


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    Barbara Says:

    Is that what the prosecuting attorneys are requesting?

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    The prosecuting attorney is a woman, Stephanie Cleary. Presumably she will be recommending a prison term when there is a sentencing hearing on August 23.
    In the meantime, the girl will be evaluated to determine if she is elibile to receive an intensive rehabilitation custody stressing special treatment for the young person. eligible to an inrteceive tensive rehabilitation8i
    My delete button does not seem to be working. bnutt

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    Barbara Says:

    Sounds more reasonable than hard time.

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    Joanne Says:

    In this case, there have to be a large number of issues surrounding mental health and brain development. Before any sentence is decided, there needs to be some serious medical intervention to diagnose what is going on with this girl.

    Once there are some answers here, then a course of treatment can be determined. If she is clearly a sociopath or a psychopath, then prison may be the answer because from what I understand, if a person in hard-wired this way, it is unlikely that they will change. If she is not, then she should be in a mental health facility until she has undergone some treatment and then should be re-evalutated for her sentence.

    It would be a shame to throw away a girl of this age if there is treatment that could be given to make her understand the severity of her actions and make her a productive member of society at some point.

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