DRAFT: Should we consider criminal records commited by minors?

The recent Kavanaugh confirmation hearing calls into question our current practice of dismissing the things kids do, including criminal offenses, as childhood stupidity, by sealing their records and giving them a fresh start when they hit 18.  We generally presume minors personalities, morals and life experiences are not sufficient for them to make good decisions for themselves or others up to that point and that is why they can't be responsible for themselves, or enter into binding contracts on their own.

 

There have been exceptions made for children who committed horrendous crimes, usually gruesome multiple murders, and now half the country seems to want to make another exception for Kavanaugh because they believe the crime he is accused of committing as a minor, is so horrendous that it should be held against him for he rest of his life.

 

I checked the statistics, about half our kids drink and have sex before graduating high school and almost half the women who report se