How old do you have to be to be rehabilitated?

An article in today’s NY Times magazine tells the tale of a now 33 year old man who was tried an sentenced as an adult and sent to serve about 30 years in prison.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/magazine/greg-ousley-is-sorry-for-killing-his-parents-is-that-enough.html?pagewanted=all

He is now 33 and vying for early release after spending years trying to grow and develop himself more than most free adults.

He question and dilemma posed in this article is on why the US is one of the only countries who will try children as adults and whether we could actually be saving and rehabilitating our wayward youth.

He argument being nature and nurture can unintentionally create criminals out of not fully-developed young adults.

 

Where does the village’s responsibility begin and end when it comes to turning troubled souls around?

 

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