Topic: Has Eric Smith been punished enough for the crime he committed 11 years ago: I just saw a 48 Hours special on Eric Smith. The article is below: It's quite long, my apologies, but I'll make a brief run through for you guys that have never heard of this man. Eric Smith, at the age of 13 murdered four year old Derrick Robie a half a block from his house. He was sentenced to the maximum of nine years in prison by a jury who unanimously found Smith guilty of murder in the second degree. Smith grew up in a small town of 970 people in the state of New York. He was intensely bullied for having red hair and freckles and ended up having absolutely no friends at all. He use to ride his bike around town for hours by himself. He spent the last 9 or so years in prison. He's now 24 years of age. He quotes below: He goes on to talk about his research with child anger and why he may have ended up the way he was. This past June, Smith was up for parole. The hearing was held at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., a maximum security prison. He was not realeased, but will be on parole again in 12 months. If released, he has made the case that he is uniquely qualified to counsel bullied children, and one day sees himself as a forensic psychologist, doing research on children who kill. "You may think I'm a threat to the well-being of society," says Smith. "And I can understand why you would feel that way. The fact is that I'm not. I'd be an asset to society." And finally, the issue of this thread: Has he been punished enough? If he isn't a threat anymore, what could any more punishment possibly do? Take into consideration all the facts before you decide: why he did the crime, was his poor childhood a cause for what he did, his current punishment, etc. I recommend that you read the full article, but it is long. I tried to summarize it the best I could here. ----------------------------------- Personally I feel a little sorry for Eric. I think what he endured as a kid, although not an excuse for murder, is somewhat an excuse for his anger and hate as a child. I also think that being in prison since he was 13/14 should possibly be a long enough sentence and ought to be released. It's one thing for me to punish him for Robie's death, but in a way, Smith is also a victim and should be cured for what happened to him. That's what I think anywho. What about you?