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Old 04-02-2019, 06:51 AM
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I get HIPAA to a point, but why for criminal activity?

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We have enough trouble keeping up with adult criminal activity. We don't have the resources to prosecute and jail every 6 year old that steals a piece of candy.
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
We have enough trouble keeping up with adult criminal activity. We don't have the resources to prosecute and jail every 6 year old that steals a piece of candy.
What about a 5'th grader that stomps another in the head and kills them? Should their identity be protected?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
What about a 5'th grader that stomps another in the head and kills them? Should their identity be protected?
Is the kid not going to be tried and locked up in a Juvenile Penitentiary? I would say all murder cases should be tried as adult cases but then there is a case like that. You can't put a 5th grader in the general prison population. Even if they will probably end up there over the course of their life.
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They won't identify a minor, well, because they are still "children", but I think they should name the parents of these child criminals who commit serious crimes. Why should their identity be protected?
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I don't think it is a law, I think it is more of a journalistic code for legal purposes. I mean, they have a criminal record, go to court, juvie etc... it isn't 'secret' in most cases except for victims.
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Because we don’t want a young innocent child to have their bright future scared by having a criminal record over something that they didn’t know was wrong. It was just a simple mistake.
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I guess it depends on what they secrete at the scene of the crime
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Don't know, but why was Smollett's case sealed----oh, thats right he acted like a child
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Originally Posted by bugnut View Post
Because we don’t want a young innocent child to have their bright future scared by having a criminal record over something that they didn’t know was wrong. It was just a simple mistake.
this was a premeditated attack. Student in question has been recommended for expulsion multiple times, and in every case treated like an “innocent kid.” Now they are a murderer, and still being systematically protected.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I get HIPAA to a point, but why for criminal activity?
Understand I am not stating agreement with the practice of not identifying youthful law offenders only explaining the concepts behind the practice.

Since the middle of the 19th century the American criminal system has employed as its foundation the concept of rehabilitation vs incarceration. Hence in most jurisdictions and states the jails are managed by a Department of Corrections. The concept is the institution is designed, supposed, to correct the behaviors of the guilty criminal. In terms of the youthful offenders, and inline with the previously stated concept of corrections, the idea of not identifying the individual offender is not to taint or ruin a young-life and to create an incentive to learn from a mistake and to lead a lawful life moving forward.

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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I get HIPAA to a point, but why for criminal activity?
Understand I am not stating agreement with the practice of not identifying youthful law offenders only explaining the concepts behind the practice.

Since the middle of the 19th century the American criminal system has employed as its foundation the concept of rehabilitation vs incarceration. Hence in most jurisdictions and states the jails are managed by a Department of Corrections. The concept is the institution is designed, supposed, to correct the behaviors of the guilty criminal. In terms of the youthful offenders, and inline with the previously stated concept of corrections, the idea of not identifying the individual offender is not to taint or ruin a young-life and to create an incentive to learn from a mistake and to lead a lawful life moving forward.

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Originally Posted by Bison View Post
Understand I am not stating agreement with the practice of not identifying youthful law offenders only explaining the concepts behind the practice.

Since the middle of the 19th century the American criminal system has employed as its foundation the concept of rehabilitation vs incarceration. Hence in most jurisdictions and states the jails are managed by a Department of Corrections. The concept is the institution is designed, supposed, to correct the behaviors of the guilty criminal. In terms of the youthful offenders, and inline with the previously stated concept of corrections, the idea of not identifying the individual offender is not to taint or ruin a young-life and to create an incentive to learn from a mistake and to lead a lawful life moving forward.
Is public safety not more concerning that protection of pseudo "innocence." If a youth is capable of beating/kicking someone to death, what else are they capable of?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
What about a 5'th grader that stomps another in the head and kills them? Should their identity be protected?
Where/when did this happen?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Is public safety not more concerning that protection of pseudo "innocence." If a youth is capable of beating/kicking someone to death, what else are they capable of?
I would think if a kid killed another person they will not be out roaming the streets any time soon. If they are charged as an adult I believe their name will be made public.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
I would think if a kid killed another person they will not be out roaming the streets any time soon. If they are charged as an adult I believe their name will be made public.
still at home and not charged. And bragging about it via Snapchat.
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Originally Posted by BarryD View Post
Where/when did this happen?
Walterboro SC last week.
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Originally Posted by CaptWill View Post
They won't identify a minor, well, because they are still "children", but I think they should name the parents of these child criminals who commit serious crimes. Why should their identity be protected?
I doubt that the father of the kid in question is even around.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


this was a premeditated attack. Student in question has been recommended for expulsion multiple times, and in every case treated like an “innocent kid.” Now they are a murderer, and still being systematically protected.
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still at home and not charged. And bragging about it via Snapchat.
If he or she has not been charged, tried, and convicted then they are neither a criminal nor a murderer.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
What about a 5'th grader that stomps another in the head and kills them? Should their identity be protected?
I saw that was it in your district?

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