“This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore with similar histories and an identical name: Wes Moore. One of us is free and has experienced things that he never even knew to dream about as a kid. The other will spend everyday until his death behind bars for an armed robbery that left a police officer and father of five dead. The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.” Moore (xi). The Other Wes Moore shows us how similar their childhoods were but they had two entirely different outcomes in the end. Lets see what some of the similarities and differences in the Wes Moores’ lives pertaining to family and police run-ins of both Wes Moores’ were described in The Other Wes Moore.
At the age of 16 years old Alonza Thomas, a typical teenage boy, was given a 13 year sentence for second degree armed robbery. It all started when he ran away from home; his mother was upset with him so he left to avoid dealing with the problem. He met someone while trying to find a place to stay and he offered him a place to sleep and some hot food. When Alonza had finally decided it was time for him to go home and face his mother, they demanded that he repay them somehow. They held him at gun point, making it apparent that they weren’t going to back down if he went against what they wanted. The repayment came in the form of a job, the robbery that ended up sending him to an adult prison. Alonza Thomas stated how they had made him feel that he had choice, “he came back out with a gun. And he said, “You think you’re gonna eat my food for free? Live in my house and just walk out? And things that come free like that? No, nothing’s free.” He said, “No, you’re gonna have to rob this store.””
The Port Arthur Massacre occurred on the 28th and 29th of April 1996 in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia. Martin Bryant is undoubtedly guilty for the murder of 35 people along with 20 people injured as he had the motive due to being socially inappropriate, mentally disabled, and infused with a high level of frustration and anger towards others. Similarly, witnesses report seeing him at the scene of the crime and time frames noted by those who saw him, place him at Port Arthur on the day this event took place. Further to this, though he initially denied having anything to do with it, he later confessed at the court hearing, and admitted his guilt.
Greg Ousley at age 14 was convicted of the murder of his two parents Bonnie and Jobie on Feb. 23, 1993.On June 26, 2012, the supreme court was to make a decision on his whether he should be released, and it was decided that he will stay in prison.Greg has spent 24 years in prison thinking about what he has done and there should be a decision to be made in March 2019 having to do with his case. In my opinion, Greg should be released and paroled in 2019, Although he has a life sentence I think it is best that he connects with the real world out of prison.
Imagine if onee decision you made affected the rest of your life.Rich Marshall made a few questionable decisions. Those decisions had a big impact on the future. The impact those decisions had on Rich's life did not help it's physical or mental state of health.In the book, Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher, unhealthy relationships dictated Rich Marshall’s future.
The main argument expressed in the article "Greg Ousley is Sorry for Killing His Parents. is that Enough?" is that juveniles/kids should not be sentenced to prison for long term, even if they commit severe crimes, and they have the ability to rehabilitate themselves, so they should not serve this long term sentences when they are showing improvement. An example that gives the author is the case of Greg Ousley, a teen who killed his parents at the age of 14, and that now with a age of 33 years he still serving the 60 years sentence. The author Scott Anderson interviewed Greg during a few sessions. When Anderson interviewed Greg, he saw a completely mature man with wishes to work with young people, to teach them what can go wrong by using his life as an
The main purpose of the film is to explain how Brenton Butler was an innocent teenager charged with the murder of Mary Ann Stephens. The filmmaker accomplished this purpose by showing how the law enforcement incorrectly investigated the murder of Mary Ann Stephens. The filmmaker purpose was clearly stated because the filmmaker provided sufficient amount of evidence about how the investigation was not handled correctly. This was shown throughout the film and this proved that Brenton Butler was an innocent teenager being charged with murder. The filmmaker purpose was learned throughout the whole semester. In class we have learned how juveniles are not treated right in the justice system and how the juvenile justice system has failed to protect the rights of juveniles. We also learned how common it is for a juvenile to falsely confess to something they didn’t do.
In Source B, Dawn McKeen writes, “Cash broke no law, except the moral law that commands us to help others.” Monitoring moral laws can be very tricky because everyone’s perspectives on moral is different, nevertheless he broke moral laws and not a state law, so there is no legal reason he should be kicked out. Though an impressive portion of people feel Cash broke the law that night when he walked away from the crime scene, “technically, Cash [had] not committed a crime. That’s because Nevada -- Like California—[did] not [have] a Good Samaritan Law, meaning citizens are not required to stop a crime in progress or report it to the police” (Source C Morgan). The teenage boy had a choice when he witnessed the struggling Sherrice Iverson and Stromeyer. He could report what was happening to the police, or simply walk away. As there was no law requirering him to report the crime, Cash walked away. Legally Cash has a right to Berkeley as much as any other person
In September of 1961, a woman from District of Columbia had an intruder break into her apartment. While the invader of the home was there, they had taken her wallet, and also raped the woman. During the investigation of the crime, the police had found some latent fingerprints in the apartment. The police then established and processed the prints. The prints were then connected back to 16 year old Morris A. Kent. The prints the connected back to when Kent was first entering the system back in 1959 for his earlier crimes. Kent at this time had already been on probation due to crimes committed two years prior to this case. Morris Kent at the age of 14, had first come into contact with breaking the law when he was placed on probation for breaking
“You are always only one decision away from a totally different life”(Unknown). Your destiny can be such a fragile thing, you slide between the path of success and the path of failure daily with the decisions you make. Often when you make a bad decision you are give a second chance. And these decisions and chances all lead up to your destiny. Your chances are limited and eventually you are stuck with the outcome you’ve chosen, be that good or bad, success or failure. There are two men out there who know these principles all too well. Those men’s stories are documented in the book The Other Wes Moore. Two men with the same name grow up in almost identical situations and yet one has worked in The White House, and the other
MILLERSBURG — Referring to her ex as a psychopath who tried to kill her, a domestic violence victim made an impassioned plea Tuesday afternoon for imposition of a prison sentence for her abuser.
“Just Mercy”, by Bryan Stevenson is a book about justice and redemption. In this book you learn a lot about the system and how they treat certain cases and people. Stevenson is a lawyer who works in the Equal Justice Initiative. Which is a non-profitable legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. On November 1, 1986, the body of 18-year-old part time clerk Ronda Morrison was found under a rack of clothing at Jackson Cleaners in Monroeville, Alabama. Morrison
In the book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, the reader reads about his journey in a concentration camp. Also, how being in the camp changed who he was as a person, and changed how he thought about lots of things. Not eating well enough and having to fight for survival can change any person drastically. This is witnessed through the duration of the book. He learns a lot about the world, and has to grow up way too fast, only being 15 years old. Elie Wiesel has to make a lot of difficult decisions that affect his life in lots of different ways.
In my opinion, Mike Rhodes did wrong on robbing the place, knowing that is a crime so now he would have to pay the consequences that the law gives to him. If Mike doesn’t have enough money to pay for the crime he did he should pay with community service that the judge would have decided instead of giving him a bail that is set for $100,000 it would be fair if he paid less and community service he would
Mattie’s approach to justice is not justified. I feel this way because first you need to know that without a reasonable doubt that whatever you’re convicting someone of the right charges. It also depends on the situation because if someone steals my pencil, I will be fine with that and not require any type of payment in return. Also my religious upbringing tells me to not take revenge on someone and to rely on God to help that person not do it again. I also believe that you need to have a fair trial if you are to punish someone of something you think they’ve done. That way the court can look over every single possibility to make sure that the person convicted was rightfully convicted. I believe also that because someone has done one wrong