Should they be given short sentences and anonymity for life?
Mary Bell was a victim of abuse and had to watch her mother being sexually abused and beaten by "clients". She witnessed her mother being strangled then getting up again, so who is to say she didn't think the little boys she murdered along with the other girl, would not get up again too? She massaged their necks after strangling them, so what does that tell you? The other little girl was there, and did not face justice is not mentioned. Mary Bell served her time. Robert Thompson served his time and kept his nose clean. Jon Venables does not like being Jon Venables, so he keeps telling people who he is, in my view in the hope of being killed, and when that does not happen he breaks his conditions to get put back inside where he is reasonably safe. So why not give him his wish and keep him locked up where everyone knows where he is.
They should have served life in prison as they are not fit to be in society.
They should have been given the death penalty a long time ago
and not allowed to live. Age don't matter.
Time goes a lot slower when you're a kid, they did long sentences in the sense it would have felt long. There has not been a peep out of Mary Bell or Robert Thompson since they got out neither. It's just Venables that should stay in jail out of those three you mention, he can't seem to stop re-offending and even outed himself so his identity had to be changed again.
the sentence should be served in full with no time off for good behaviour. They do the crime they do the time.
Hard one because they were kids when did what they did..Are they going to be bad all their lives? think not all...
Every effort made into rehabilitation and if deemed safe to be released after 10+ years with anonymity. Closely monitored but made aware that they may have been given a second chance, but they will not be given a third
I'm sorry, but I don't see how they can ever be allowed back into society safely.
A reasonable sentence according how much they really understood what they had done. Then anonymity for life.
An intense period of rehabilitation, then life long scrutiny, just in case.
Anonymity only once. After that they have to take their chance. Actually, I think the chance of them being attacked as retribution is ridiculously exaggerated.
Short rope , long drop .
They should never be named. They should serve sentences and be treated by psychiatrists, they can be released if likely to be rehabilated,
They should face a firing squad.
I'm for terminating their lives - what's the point of bankrolling their precarious prospects.
Yes, except for Venables who has reoffended as an adult with serious charges. He should be named and shamed.