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No exceptions to Punishment against Juveniles Crime

Juvenile crime has increased in the U.S., with an increase of 98% increase in cities like Washington, D.C. between 2022 and 2023. Crimes range from relatively harmless larceny to murder and grand theft auto.

Alabama announced the execution of Casey A. McWhorter (49) by lethal injection in the death chamber at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore on Thursday night. He spent most of his adult life in a jail cell.

He was convicted of capital murder in 1994 in connection with a 1993 Marshall County robbery and homicide. He went to death row when he was 19. He committed a murder when he was 18.

In another case, an Iowa teen was finally convicted in a 2021 murder case that which a high school Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber (66) was killed by a student, Jeremy Goodale (18). Goodale is now serving life in prison.

Goodale and a friend were Fairfield High School students who had received a bad grade in Spanish class. They stalked Graber and killed her with a bat while she was exercising at the park in Fairfield. According to CBS News, Goodale apologized at the court to his family and the victim’s family.

“I’m sorry, truly sorry. What I’ve taken can never be replaced,” Goodale said, at times through sobs. “Every day I wish I could go back and stop myself, prevent this loss and this pain that I’ve caused everyone.”

According to raw data from the Metropolitan Police Department in DC, there were 1,682 juvenile arrests in 2022. That’s up from the 1,401 arrests in 2021 and the 1,534 in 2020.

Worldwide, the first place of the Juvenile crime rate is Brazil, second in Colombia, and third place is for USA. Unsurprisingly, Russia is in the fourth place.

It seems that public sentiment is no longer focused on the age and immaturity of these juvenile individuals in their commitment of crimes; rather, the public seems to be coming to a silent agreement that crime is a crime, regardless of the age of the perpetrator.

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