Location: Texas, United States

I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

What is a felony of the second degree

After discovering that two boys aged 9 and 10 were charged with a second degree felony, I decided to find out what is a second degree felony. A felony of the second degree carries a term of improsonment of up to 15 years. There is a fine of up to $10,000 or any higher amount equal to double the pecuniary gain derived from the offense by the offender or double the pecuniary loss suffered by the victim.

While I can't imagine that any court would actually put away two boys of this age for 15 years and charge them minimally $10,000 I have no faith in the system when it comes to kids. Imagine a school going for 15 years imprisonment over two stick crayon drawings.



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