This is a really fucked up and sad story.
Growing Up Inside: How the Cards Are Stacked Against America’s ‘Youngest Murderers’
Summary: 16 years ago, two black children, 12 and 13, killed a male family member who had been sexually abusing them, plus their father and his girlfriend who had failed to do anything about it. They were both tried as adults and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Curtis and Catherine Jones are just now about to be released.
First of all, killing a child molester and people who enable child molesters is an act of self defense and a great service to the community (THAT IS NOT A JOKE).
Second, trying a 12-year old and a 13-year-old as adults is fucking ridiculous and horrible. They were children. Do you have any idea how much development their brains still needed to go through? And instead of getting help, they were thrown in prison where their developing and already traumatized minds would be utterly fucked up. Who the fuck does that.
Lastly, the kids are black. If you think that two white kids would have been treated the same way then hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. You're racist.
The article in question is basically about how this now-adult pair has no chance. Nobody's going to hire them. They have nowhere to go. They have no idea how to perform the basic functions of adulthood outside of prison.
The cards are stacked against their success outside prison. Studies of youths released from correctional facilities have found that an average of 70 to 80 percent are rearrested within two to three years. Because the Jones siblings grew up behind bars, they have never known adult life outside a correctional institution.
There was no rehabilitation for these kids. Failed by the adults in their lives, they took what they viewed as their only way out of horrific abuse. And instead of giving them the care and trauma therapy they needed, the system threw them in prison where they would get no education, gain no skills, and be subjected to further abuse.
They should have been met with compassion and put in a safe environment where they could heal. Instead they were thrown in the trash and now what? We expect them to be functional adults?
Our justice system is an absolute, embarrassing failure. Their entire lives have been ruined by it. There is no justice for black people in the U.S. None.