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Rush’s Morning Update: Accountability
July 8, 2010

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Well,a Michigan prosecutor is pressing the legislature to enact a law requiring parents to servethree days in jail for repeatedly missing parent-teacher conferences. Now, if that sounds a littleharsh,listen further.

The prosecutor, Kym Worthy, says the idea was prompted by a Detroit robbery that left a woman dead; the suspect was a 12-year-old boy. When police knocked on the family’s door at 2 am,the parents had no clue where their kid was. Ms. Worthy says “younger and younger children” commit more violent acts, and it’s time to “try something different. We should not have to legislate this, but what we have been doing is not working.” The goal is to make parents more accountable for their kids,as well as to reduce truancy, high dropout rates, and the teen violent crime rate. In Detroit, the average skrool kid misses 46 days of school. (Man, I’d have love to have been one of those kids!)

Even before the first hearing on the new law, guess who’s lining up against it?The ACLU in Michigan.Their director, Kary Moss, said: “A criminal justice solution is not the answer to complicated social problems.” She says the last thing families of these young delinquents need is “more punishment.”

Well, tellthat to the family of Trisha Babcock. She’s the 24-year-old killed by the 12-year-old,who’s now a convicted killer,and at age 13 is serving time in a high-security juvenile lockup.

Liberal values gave us cities rife with these problems,and you can always count on liberals –like the ACLU –to thwart any attempt to solve them.

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