Quantel Lotts' sentence
by MBaexriumbee on November 12, 2014 - 1:18am
On the 12 of March 2012, Ed Pilkington published the article "Jailed for life at age 14: US supreme court to consider juvenile sentences" written in Charleston, Missouri for the website of the British journal The Guardian. The author in this article is reporting the case of youth offenders sentenced to life without parole in the United States, but more specifically the case of Quantel Lotts. Through a subjective writing style, the reader understand that the author is against sentences for adult in young offender cases.
This article addresses the case of Quantel Lotts, an American man who was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of his step-brother. The abnormality in this case is the age of the convict. Quantel Lotts was fourteen years old when he was tried as an adult for homicide. This sentence means that he will never be able to stand before a parole board to possibly get out of jail. He basically will stay in jail until he dies. An ethical question is raised around this case: "Is it ethical to sentence Quantel Lotts to life without parole?" In the case of Quantel Lotts, it is known that he had a troubled childhood. His family were crack addicts and he witnessed his uncle get shot five times. He was regularly beaten and was subject to anger outburst. All those factors did not seemed to have any influence on the juries' decision and Quantel Lotts got an adult sentence for a crime he committed while he was a teenager. Although, those factors should be influential toward a decision whether it is ethical to give sentence to Quantel Lotts.
Stephanie Chen, a journalist for CNN, stated in another article about Quantel Lotts that most youth delinquents serving life without parole were exposed to poverty, violence or drugs during their childhood. This extends the question: Is it ethical to sentence young offenders to life without parole?
Pilkington, Ed. "Jailed for Life at Age 14: US Supreme Court to Consider Juvenile Sentences." The Guardian. The Guardian, 19 Mar. 2012. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.
Chen, Stephanie. "Teens Locked up for Life without a Second Chance." CNN. Cable News Network, 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.