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Emotional Debate in State Assembly Over Juvenile Sentencing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The hour-long Assembly floor debate focused on the question of redemption.  Democrat Gil Cedillo argued that even teens who commit crimes like murder ought to get the opportunity to change their lives behind bars and earn a second chance. 
CEDILLO "If you believe there is some possible redeeming aspect to your humanity that should be reviewed, after 25 years, then you will vote Aye." 
But Republican Jim Nielsen countered that the victims of crimes deserve justice more.
NIELSEN "Yes, victims can forgive, that is a good and Christian value.  But it never goes away.  And the only single thing that a victim can ever have is justice.  And here you are denying them justice."
Republicans unanimously opposed the measure.  Some Democrats did too, and several other Democrats abstained.
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