As a Youth Director, one of the last places you would like to be is in Federal Court. There were approximately 15 young people led into court shackled in handcuffs with a chain wrapped around their back. Most were connected on conspiracy charges allegedly committed over a 12 year period. Some of these young people are only 22 years old. That means that they started their alleged life of crime when they were approximately 10 yrs old. The Prosecutor noted that in a similar case, an 8 yr old was selling drugs.
I know that the job of a Prosecutor is to uphold the law and convict people. I feel bad that the rest of us have not done a good enough job of providing opportunities for these young people to lead law abiding lives. The courthouse we sat in supposedly cost over 164 million dollars. Do you know how many youth programs we could operate with a fraction of that?
What is the value of a young person's life?