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Why should age matter when sentencing a juvenile? Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime no matter the age of the perpetrator?

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The second part of your question essentially answers the first.  Age should be taken into account precisely because the punishment should fit the crime.

In our system, the seriousness of a crime is measured not simply by what is done, but also by the intent and the mindset of the person who acts.  We can see...

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