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Two young teens charged with using machete, baseball bat in Jamaica Plain market robbery

Boston Police report a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old didn't get far after robbing Blanco Market, 71 Day St. in Jamaica Plain Friday night.

Police say the pair - the 14-year-old armed with a machete and the younger teen with a baseball bat - walked into the store shortly before 7:50 p.m. Officers arrived in time to see the two running towards Round Hill Street and quickly apprehended the pair.

Both were charged as delinquent for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to rob, police say.

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Per the Globe:
"A week after winning a contentious Democratic primary election, Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden fired the chief of the office’s juvenile unit Wednesday, sparking concern among community activists that he plans to roll back successful efforts to divert youth from the criminal justice system."

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Train them to be more competent violent criminals by sending them to prison?

That's what will happen if "traditional" approaches are used.

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but what is your alternative? There’s been a really significant uptick in juvenile crime. What do you think would be the solution to stop it?

people should be able to go to their corner store, or go to downtown Crossing, without getting their heads bashed in by young people who are then never punished for their actions.

and what does this do to the young person’s life when they go through their youthful life having never to face consequences for their actions?

what are the behavioral results of that approach?

I’m not taking a side on these issues I just genuinely want to know what people think might work

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...but I think we have to reestablish a culture of accountability. People have to feel that they might really, truly get caught and punished for their antisocial behavior. Not just for these delinquent kids, but everybody, from the very top to the very bottom, be they fascist former presidents, department store looters, or drivers who blow through red lights. I participated in my share of antisocial and criminal behavior in my misspent youth, but always knew there could be consequences, and when they came, there would be a price to pay. I think the important thing is to make sure the punishment fits the crime, and that it's applied equally and consistently. I wish I knew how to make it happen.

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Exactly. People are painting this like we have two choices: no punishment at all or a criminal record that follows young people for their entire lives. Surely, there is a middle ground, of having some sort of immediate consequence for the crime, preferably something that directly relates to the victim or benefits them in some way, followed by some kind of education/rehabilitation/support to try to reduce the risk of this person committing this crime again.

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Totally agree. I also believe that this education/rehabilitation/support should involve the parents as well. Parents of minors who commit crimes need to have some accountability also.

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Used to turn out some very competent car mechanics and carpenters. Can't say much good about the culture and living arrangements though.

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