A boy sentenced to 40 years in prison is making headline news this week. On Oct. 31, Buzzfeed reported that 13-year-old Joseph Hall will spend the next decade of his life behind bars after he was found guilty of killing his father. The next seven years or so will have Hall in a juvenile correctional facility in California.
Joseph has been convicted of killing his dad who was a "regional leader of the National Socialist Movement and used to organize neo-Nazi rallies." On Thursday, a judge ruled that Hall would serve time until he turned 23-years-old. His lawyers fought to get him into some sort of rehab program but that request was denied.
The boy sentenced to 40 years shot his Neo-Nazi father back in 2011 using a 357 Magnum that he took from his parents' bedroom. He walked up to the couch where his dad was sleeping and shot him at "point-blank range." His lawyers say that their client endured "years of abuse" and blame the way that he was treated for his actions. In fact, Joseph Hall got himself in quite a bit of trouble over the past couple of years beyond the murder of his dad.
"Joseph was repeatedly expelled from his school after violent outbursts, including strangling a teacher with a phone cord. He also attacked female teachers and fought with other students during his two years at Riverside Juvenile Hall," Buzzfeed reports.
Worries that the boy sentenced to 40 years will rejoin society without proper rehab have already arisen. Do you think this 13-year-old needs more than strict punishment? Will he be able to rejoin society in a positive way in seven years from now?
© Effie Orfanides 2013