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CNN 2010-03-19

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PHILLIPS: Growing up behind bars. They are considered too young to make their own legal decisions, yet they can face life in prison for crimes that do not involve murder.

Now, one man is sharing his personal experience with the Supreme1 Court. CNN's Jason Carroll has the details.

 

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As Dwayne Betts addressed students at last year's University of Maryland's Commencement ceremonies, his thoughts then and now are about second chances.

 

DWAYNE BETTS, CONVICTED AS ADULT AT 16: And definitely when I was 16 years old on December 7th, 1996, I carjacked a man in a parking lot in Springfield, Virginia and after that I was --

CARROLL (on camera): At gunpoint?

BETTS: -- at gunpoint. I had a gun.

 

CARROLL (voice-over): Betts remembers when he was a high school honor student who fell into the wrong crowd. (on camera): How did you end up going astray? And why do you think that that happened?

BETTS: I think -- I think the truth is that -- it's sort of a strange mix of opportunity. You know, turning 16, you have a gun in your hand. And so I think it was a lot of baby steps.

 

CARROLL (voice-over): Baby steps that led to a major crime, carjacking which in Virginia carries a maximum sentence of life even if no one is physically2 hurt as in Betts' case.

 

BETTS: And there's no way to quantify what a life sentence does to a person. And if I had to wake up every morning to a life sentence, I don't even want to imagine what I would have became (ph).

 

CARROLL: Instead Betts received the minimum sentence, nearly nine years, serving alongside the state's most violent criminals in the adult prison system.

 

BETTS: And I'm still thinking about what that time did to me in a sense that it became natural to walk down a hall and see somebody getting beat up and in a lot of ways I was the exception in that I didn't get raped3, and I didn't get robbed.

 

CARROLL (on camera): Is it your opinion that the -- your punishment fit the crime.

 

BETTS: You know for me and for most young people who find themselves transferred to adult court, that case could definitely be handled in juvenile4 court.

 

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Give daddy a hug.

CARROLL: And your life has changed dramatically from the point where you carjacked that man in that parking lot to where you are now. How would you define your life now?

BETTS: You know for me the most precious things in my life are the ability to be a contributing member as a father, as a husband and as a teacher.


 


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1 supreme PHqzc     
adj.极度的,最重要的;至高的,最高的
参考例句:
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
2 physically iNix5     
adj.物质上,体格上,身体上,按自然规律
参考例句:
  • He was out of sorts physically,as well as disordered mentally.他浑身不舒服,心绪也很乱。
  • Every time I think about it I feel physically sick.一想起那件事我就感到极恶心。
3 raped 7a6e3e7dd30eb1e3b61716af0e54d4a2     
v.以暴力夺取,强夺( rape的过去式和过去分词 );强奸
参考例句:
  • A young woman was brutally raped in her own home. 一名年轻女子在自己家中惨遭强暴。 来自辞典例句
  • We got stick together, or we will be having our women raped. 我们得团结一致,不然我们的妻女就会遭到蹂躏。 来自辞典例句
4 juvenile OkEy2     
n.青少年,少年读物;adj.青少年的,幼稚的
参考例句:
  • For a grown man he acted in a very juvenile manner.身为成年人,他的行为举止显得十分幼稚。
  • Juvenile crime is increasing at a terrifying rate.青少年犯罪正在以惊人的速度增长。
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