It is one of the eccentricities of leftists that they are opposed to strict punishment of minor criminals, no matter how savage.
Perhaps the most glaring example of this was found in Bernie Madoff. Among the “charities” he generously supported with other peoples’ money, what stands out is that he would give money to *anyone* who had a group opposed to *any* punishment of juveniles, for *any* offense.
That is, if a group advocated that a serial killer under 18 just be freed outright, no punishment at all, they would get a fat check from Madoff. Nothing was too heinous or perverse. Children could murder, rape, burn down occupied buildings, armed rob, etc. Repeatedly. And he still did not want them punished for it at all, or even just detained, prevented from doing it again.
And Madoff even graded such groups by the amount he gave them. If they just advocated leniency for juvenile criminals, they would just get a small check. But no punishment at all, even no arrest, just letting them go, and they would get a huge amount of money.
It’s just one other weirdness that can be attributed to many leftists. No idea if it is universal among them, though.
I wonder if those children - who are now back in prison - are repaying Madoff with kindness for his kindness?
Are they using lube?