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age of criminal responsibility

PhilosophyPosted by Jan Lester Mon, May 12, 2014 14:17:48

age of criminal responsibility The age at which a *person is liable for any *crimes he commits. There seems no sound reason that this should differ significantly and without explanation from the *age of majority; whatever that should be in any, possibly individual, case. It seems a practical inconsistency and unjust to declare that someone is mature enough for *libertarian adult responsibilities (such as paying full *restitution for crime) but not mature enough for similar adult *rights (i.e., rights not to suffer *proactive impositions; not rights to any benefits or advantages), and vice versa. However, the age at which one ought to know right from wrong in certain basic cases is plausibly somewhat younger than the age at which some other skills are likely to be attained.

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