Originally Posted by ABklynDude
These kids had their whole future ahead of them, and they wanted to throw it away. The thing annoying me the most is that these kids are not even feeling bad about what they did! I really hope the city makes an example out of them.
Retribution does not work on young people as a deterrent. It may make YOU feel better for whatever feelings of hate or dissatisfaction you have for college drug dealers that sell to their frat boy buddies, but all it will do in reality is cost the taxpayers a lot of money, clog up the courts needlessly (so that violent criminals will slip through the cracks or get better plea deals because the prosecutor is too busy), and create hardened criminals from young people that made a mistake.
What do you think college dropouts with criminal records become? Doctors, lawyers? These kids' lives will be ruined, and do you think smart college kids are going to go work at McDonalds or the mall? No, they will have no choice but to continue their criminal activity because they will be unemployable at real jobs, and they'll be good at it because they're smart.
I say slap them on the wrist, give them probation along with a conditional discharge, plus loads of community service and fines, and let them continue with college, and then get real jobs and pay taxes, raise families, etc.
Putting them in jail solves nothing, costs a boat-load of money, and doesn't help society in any way.