Finally, I'm glad this kid is dead. He got what he deserved. The question is, what is being done to remove the environment that bred him?
I grow weary of hearing this type of comment. I hear things like:
"I came from a bad neighborhood and had a hooker drunk for a mother and My father walked out on us. I had no way to get a job so being in this environment I simply had to car jack someone to pay the bills".
"I never had a chance at a proper education because of where I grew up".
etc. etc. etc.
I don't feel that it's My job to help those that can help themselves.
I'm sure most of us can think of many people who have come from (been born into) the same exact circumstances (bad neighborhoods, crap parents, abuse, poor education systems etc.) that have risen above and beyond that and made something of themselves.
Some are Judges, some became Police Officers, scholars, Professors, etc.
It is up to each and every individual to make up his or her mind about changing their OWN world. Trying to change the world around you is not only time consuming but futile. More oft than naught, the people you help don't appreciate it in the end and so it goes round and round.
Just because one is born into an unsavory environment does not mean they can not clean up that environment themselves and take a stand, rise above and educate themselves instead of waving guns around like it's the wild wild west.
Extraordinary individuals do just that no matter where they came from or who their parents were/are.
Some of the most intelligent people I am graced to know, dropped out of high school, never went to college, and are thriving! Most are probably living more fulfilling lives and earning higher salaries than that of a Harvard Grad.
Now onto prisoners working to pay off a debt to society:
I do think that We still do have chain gangs, and that working off a debt would be more productive than that of sitting in a cell all day.
From what I understand, back in the day, prisoners DID work (were farmed out) but that the system was abused by crooked people. For instance: A warden may know/feel/believe that a man is innocent in his jail system and yet he needs more workers because they got a cut of the pay from the work the prisoners performed. This meant in order to keep up with the work load that some innocent prisoners records were simply swept under the rug. The more people you have, the more work/contracts you get hence, more money.
I'd have to look that up however so don't quote Me on it. I may have heard it on the History Channel, I'm not for certain.