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Quote of the week: Former Sen. Alan Simpson

From <em>The Washington Post: </em>"When I was a teen, we rode aimlessly around town, shot things up, started fires...&nbsp;

When I was a teen, we rode aimlessly around town, shot things up, started fires, and generally raised hell. At 17, I was caught destroying federal property and was put on probation. I had a chance to turn my life around, and I took it. This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether other young people get that same chance. On Nov. 9, the court will hold oral arguments in two cases that will determine whether it is constitutional to sentence a teenager to life in prison without parole for a crime that did not involve the taking of a life. There is a simple reason the criminal-justice system should treat juveniles and adults differently: Kids are a helluva lot dumber than adults. They do stupid things—as I did—and some even commit serious crimes, but youths don’t really ever think through the consequences. The person you are at 13 or 17 is not the person you are at 30, 40, or 50.”

Former Sen. Alan Simpson in The Washington Post

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