Originally Posted by CBrown85
Yes. They do. They act like good human beings who don't send pictures of young naked girls to other people.
And those pictures weren't of her- they were of another person. I'm not sure I agree with the "child pornography" severity of their individual cases, but I know enough not to lower my behavioral expectations on things like this because they're shorter than we are.
I think I was quite clear in my quote the pictures were of her current bf's ex, no?
As far as 16 year old boys...they are teachable that sending pics of nude girlfriends is wrong but humans are not born knowing this. I am not saying kids do not deserve corrective punishment. As I said above it is ludicrous holding these young people to the maturity and judgement levels we expect of adults. You can agree or disagree with that, I don't really care, but I'm pretty comfortable in my position that teenagers, by and large, lack the same faculty of judgement and socialization we expect of adults and therefore should be treated differently.
In general I think the criminal justice system should focus on rehabilitation vs. punishment at least at the start of a person's interaction with the system. At some point it becomes protecting society from the individual in question but let's start from the concept that minor offenders can be turned into productive citizens vs. giving them labels that will follow them the rest of their lives (as what happens with registered sex offenders which I'm sure distributing child porn comes with).
To your ninja edit:
Kids can absolutely be dirtbags. The apple seldom falls far from the tree. Not every case mind you, but this isn't my fort rodeo dealing with this stuff. Don't forget- they're ruining peoples lives by sending these pictures out to their buddies or posting them on the internet. Can't just chalk it up to a youthful indiscretion. This is serious shit with little generational precedent and there's no manual on how to deal with this.
The apple seldom falls far from the tree. Okay, punish the parents? Remove the kids from the home environment?
As to the pictures ruining lives. How did those pictures come into existence usually? The youthful indiscretion of the subject, no? So let's ruin more lives by labeling the other party a "child pornographer" so he/she has to put that on all future job applications? Again, I'm not saying not to administer corrective actions I'm just saying going right for the kill shot in terms of conviction is probably just ruining more lives.
I am so thankful my teen years were in the 80s where all I had to deal with was HIV.