Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There is a Brazilian statute, abbreviated “ECA” which provides that anyone under the age of eighteen who commits a crime, no matter how heinous, cannot be punished by anything more drastic than spending three years in a “socio-educational center”.
That’s right! Even if you cold-bloodedly murder someone, as long as your 18th birthday hasn’t happened, you can only remain in custody for three years. And it’s not in a jail, where adult criminals are held, it’s got to be in a juvenile facility.
This situation has . . .