This week’s reading discusses how Larry and his fellow inmates created their own adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and presented it to atrisk youth. Their adaptation, Tybalt Must Die, “...focused on the peer pressure that can push a good kid like Romeo into murder” (193). The prisoners go on to share how they each have to serve very extensive sentences, some life sentences, for crimes that they committed as youths. Larry, who committed murder at the age of seventeen, talked about how he received a “...sentence of life without the possibility of parole” (202). This means that Larry will never have the opportunity to get out of prison. This brought up an interesting subject for me; juveniles that are sentenced to life in prison. It seems crazy that children as young as fourteen years old could receive sentences upwards of 199 years (202). Or even Larry, who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he committed when he was seventeen. There have been numerous arguments against youths being charged life sentences without parole, such as in Larry’s case. In an article entitled, “Should Teen Murderers Receive Life Without Parole”, Andrew Cohen writes that, “To the Equal Justice Initiative (a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising legal questions), “life sentences without parole” for young teenagers, even those convicted of the most heinous crimes, are actually “sentences of death in prison”, [which] is both cruel and unusual”. Cohen is saying that, a youth sentenced to life in prison without parole is basically the same as a sentence to die in prison. There is also the popular argument that youths aren’t as mentally mature as adults and shouldn’t be tried as adults. On the other side of the argument though, youths can and do commit crimes that are just as bad and the same as what adults commit. So why should or shouldn’t youths (those under the age of 18) receive the same sentences as adults? Do you believe that youths should receive life sentences without the possibility of parole? Why or why not? Cohen, Andrew. "Should Teen Murderers Receive Life Without Parole?" The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 19 Mar. 2012. Web. 01 Apr. 2016. .