My Hypothetical Criminal Record
I may be leaving some stuff out, but here it is. My hypothetical juvenile criminal record:
Assault - domestic violence
Harassment - domestic violence
Driving without a license
Now, I was pretty much a square, goody-goody as a kid, and never drank or smoked pot, so I managed to avoid those convictions. But between fights with my older brother, shoplifting, and driving like a goddamned maniac, I could have racked up plenty of charges. And you know, it's not just having a criminal record that hurts kids; it's any contact with the juvenile system. There are some kids, sure, who may need to be on probation, with the threat of detention time to get them the help they need. But many kids don't. And bringing them into the criminal justice system does them harm. I want to post more on this--the harm done just by being in the system--in future posts. But for now, I'm just thankful that it never happened to me.
Don't be shy now--feel free to leave a comment with your hypothetical criminal record.