Many states have passed laws which hold parents legally responsible for crimes committed by their children. In the following viewpoint, syndicated columnist John Leo maintains that while parental responsibility laws may have uneven results, they are basically a good idea. Parental responsibility laws may be all that is needed to prod some parents into controlling their children, he contends. However, Leo maintains that because some parents may be unfairly punished for their children’s criminal behavior, the laws should be considered experimental and the penalties adjusted accordingly....
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