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Is Canadian Law Too Soft on Young Killers?

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someone_else On August 30, 2012
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American Alps, Washington
#46New Post! Jun 13, 2012 @ 15:10:37
@rosexthorn Said

Better late than never. I have mixed feelings on this one. So many factors and none the same makes it really hard to even touch this topic.



This is true and I thought about it a while after I posted.

Everything is handled on a case to case basis anyway, so it's not like you could make a cookie-cutter process/law that would serve everybody.

I believe it is actually more of a psychological issue than a legal system issue...you know what I mean?
Jennifer1984 On September 16, 2021
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Penzance, United Kingdom
#47New Post! Jun 13, 2012 @ 15:27:23
@carelt1985 Said

I read about these Canadian crime stories.

1. Two sisters from Toronto, Ontario drown their mother, in the bathtub, to received money after her death. They were imprisoned for 4 years.

2. A 12-year-old girl from Medicine Hat, Alberta plots a triple murder of her parents and 8-year-old little brother to be with her 23-year-old boyfriend. Now, the boyfriend is jailed for life, while the girl gets 10 years. She will be released, in 2016.

In my opinion, in the States, the young women would have been serving a lengthy prison sentence, if not life. I have no disrespect towards Canada...but...isn't the Canadian law too soft on young killers?



On the surface of it, there may be an argument for stronger sentences, but I'm afraid the brief information given in your OP doesn't give enough detail to offer an informed opinion on those actual sentences.

The judges in the cases concerned will have had all the evidence presented to them. All the mitigating factors. All the reports and evaluations as to circumstances of the crimes and the educationl, sociological, environmental and other factors that would have been relevant.

It's not possible to say that this country or that country is "soft" on crime. Rather, the justice system in Canada may actually be doing what a justice system is meant to do.... administer justice.

We all have our opinions of what justice should be, but in my opinion, a civilised justice system tempers punishment with mercy.

Simply locking people up and throwing away the key for everybody isn't justice, it's neglect.

By all means punish severely where it's merited, but each case must be taken on its' merits and sentences tailored accordingly.

As I said, I don't know the circumstances of this case but I am quite confident that a humane and well adjusted nation like Canada will have a civilised justice system.



One question: If the prosecution thought the sentences in these cases were too lenient, would they be able to appeal for a stiffer sentence..? If so, why didn't they..?


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Deal_With_It On December 02, 2020




Stevens Pass, Washington
#48New Post! Jun 13, 2012 @ 18:48:40
@white_swan53 Said

Those parents are afraid to make their kids mad at them. they think that if the kid gets mad at mom or dad that the kid won't love them any more.
It really makes me want to chew nails.

My kids didn't 'love' me for about 9 years! (Half the time they lived at home!
white_swan53 On October 07, 2020




n/a, New Mexico
#49New Post! Jun 15, 2012 @ 08:53:17
@Forumless Said

My kids didn't 'love' me for about 9 years! (Half the time they lived at home!



I'm going to make 2 wild guesses and first guess ,it was the second half >>>>(Half the time they lived at home!)
and second guess , is that you were a parent that needed to know where, who ,what and when about what your kids .
where they were going , with who . what their plans were and they knew when they were expected to be home.
Deal_With_It On December 02, 2020




Stevens Pass, Washington
#50New Post! Jun 15, 2012 @ 16:18:49
@white_swan53 Said

I'm going to make 2 wild guesses and first guess ,it was the second half >>>>(Half the time they lived at home!)
and second guess , is that you were a parent that needed to know where, who ,what and when about what your kids .
where they were going , with who . what their plans were and they knew when they were expected to be home.

Is there any other way to raise kids? I think the one rule that all 3 hated most was the 'we all sit at the table for dinner'. We ate together 5 times a week but as they got older it was more like 4 times. It became difficult as they got older and were active in after-school sports and clubs.
white_swan53 On October 07, 2020




n/a, New Mexico
#51New Post! Jun 15, 2012 @ 16:48:04
@Forumless Said

Is there any other way to raise kids? I think the one rule that all 3 hated most was the 'we all sit at the table for dinner'. We ate together 5 times a week but as they got older it was more like 4 times. It became difficult as they got older and were active in after-school sports and clubs.



I was a nosey ole mama, every so often out of the blue I'd either show up or call to where ever it was the kid/kids had said they were going to be. I took my responsibility of my kids seriously and they knew it. They weren't angels by any stretch of the imagination but they were good kids.
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