Punishment That Doesn’t Fit the Crime

Crime News Service, ERIC BERKOWITZ :When Matthew Grottalio was 10 years old, he and his older brother initiated a touching “game” with their 8-year-old sister. “None of us knew what we were doing,” he said, and he soon forgot about the episode. But later that year, 1998, his sister’s teacher found out and notified the authorities. Just weeks after Matthew’s 11th birthday, police officers handcuffed him outside his fifth-grade classroom. Matthew and his parents agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for two years of probation, which he spent in…

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