Juvenile Sentencing. Goals of Punishment. General Deterrence To discourage the general community from committing crimes in the future Specific Deterrence To discourage a particular offender from committing additional crimes in the future. Rehabilitative
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Joe Sullivan was sentenced to serve a life term without the possibility of parole from an incident that occurred when he was a 13-year old. Joe is mentally disabled and lived in a home where he was subjected to physical and sexual abuse. On the day of the incident, two older boys convinced Joe to commit a burglary. The three boys entered the house of Lena Bruner, an elderly woman, during the morning while nobody was home. They took jewelry and money and then left the house without getting caught. Later that afternoon, Ms. Bruner was physically and sexually assaulted in her home and did not see her attacker because she was blindfolded.
Based on the testimony of the older boys and the victim, Joe was tried and convicted as an adult for rape. At the trial, the victim testified that Joe’s voice sounded like the person who attacked her. The trial judge considered the fact that Joe had a long criminal record and sentenced Joe to life in prison without parole.