it could be argued that it was just a matter of time before “Joe” killed someone, and so, why take that chance? here is an individual whose crimes increased in severity as he grew older and who rejected several attempts at rehabilitation. there’s no saving him!

And “Joe” was no child… a young adult, yes, but no innocent either. It may be possible to weed out those “children” who may have some hope still left in them, but that’s a huge risk. i would like to see the statistics of those who have spent considerable amount of time behind bars and once released, took up an honest, decent living vs. those who went right back into that life of crime with new skills acquired while behind bars. i bet that the figure for the latter would be higher.