Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. uh-oh

    uh-oh GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Thank you WARONDRUGS.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    Ima loves guns more than children. Don’t you wish there was a law preventing the sale of guns to felons? How do you suppose we could get one of those…

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    And in Louisiana, a convicted felon had been released into the wild after he was found to have in his possession an AK47 with 30 round clip and a 40caliber pistol. He was initially arrested but because of new legislation in the state, the judge released him and his guns. Now, Gov. Jindel is scrambling to prevent the release of ALL felons who had been returned to prison for violating federal rules on ex-cons with guns.
    There are people who should be released. There was a California man who stole a bicycle and it was his third arrest so he was sent to jail for life under “3 Strikes” law giving long terms to habitual offenders.
    However, I don’t trust people in charge to discern between the dangerous and the unlucky without a lot of oversight.
    I would be interested in what our California residents think.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    come on guys. Isn’t this a good plan?

    The plan shifts responsibility from the state to counties for the custody, treatment, and supervision of individuals convicted of specified nonviolent, non-serious, non-sex crimes.

    No inmates currently in state prison have been or will be transferred to county jails or released early.

    Shift the cost to the county, the county judge will fine you or put you on probation or both (both make money for the county) you keep your job, stop writing bad checks or driving under the influence (with a DUI you get a third revenue the infamous breath check key starter which you rent) and the state prison system houses only violent criminals. PLUS the hard core violent criminals have no access to the young stupid drunk to teach them how to rob and kill.

    Hey, it’s a win win thing.

  5. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Even with the stupidity of mandatory sentencing laws, accountability must begin at home. Do you think that the guy was unaware that taking the bike was a crime?

  6. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 1 year ago

    @Incredulous

    The problem with the 3 strikes laws is that a minor infraction will get you a prison sentence and take away a slot for a serious crime. No flexibility in the punishment.

  7. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 1 year ago

    @Incredulous

    Three strikes laws should apply to Felonies only.
    The bicycle should not fit that catagory.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The US is the biggest jailor in the world, the prisons are full.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @Incredulous

    I would be incredulous to find that he was unaware that stealing the bike was a crime. But Justice22 is right. It should apply to felonies.
    However, it is your “accountability must begin at home” statement that troubles me. In a perfect world, a stay at home parent is there to teach a child the character lessons that make a good citizen. A stay at home parent dissuades teen pregnancies and makes the neighborhood a little safer because of eyes looking out of windows.
    Would you be incredulous to learn that only 69% of children live with two parents according to a 2011 report? I couldn’t find how many of those had a “stay at home” parent, but hopefully, with such high unemployment in our country, there’s a better percentage than might otherwise exist. However, how good the parents are even under the best of circumstances must also be considered.
    We don’t train our children to raise children very well. Some of us were blessed with parents and/or grandparents that showed us the template, but too many do not have that.
    I don’t know why the man stole the bike. I don’t know what kind of upbringing he had. I do know that prisons do not reform people. Only education and opportunity can do that, and our legislators are failing to provide adequate education and training, and they are so focused on “social issues” I NEVER hear anyone talking about bills to encourage job growth.
    I’m downright incredulous.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Having moved many problem bears back into the woods, and also removed many “problem criminals” from the “streets”, the problem in much of the U.S. today is that MINOR criminals ARE taking up space in jails, while more serous folks are getting back out. It is getting so expensive to run the system, because of “mandatory sentencing” that states, and counties, are going broke trying to maintain jails.


    Pushing the costs down to the county level of incarceration is stupid, as for example in our county, we can’t begin to keep up with the increasing cost of jail space for “minor” criminals. And yes, “three strikes” laws should ONLY apply to violent felonies.

  11. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 1 year ago

    That’s where the Bear from the flag of the Great State of California should be.

  12. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I am a California resident and I believe very firmly that the “three strike” law should ONLY be for violent crimes where others are directly harmed. And stealing a bicycle certainly would not qualify!!

  13. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    How can you even begin to make comments like this, and then have the nerve to call yourself a Christian? If you even bothered to read the Gospels you would see a Christ tha twas loving, kind, compassionate, and above all non judgmental and forgiving. And then you come up with such a post?

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    Sad, truly , truly sad!!

  14. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, over 1 year ago

    @Justice22

    I agree about the felony thing but my point was that he knew going in that that was the existing law and chose to ignore it.

  15. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Be all that as it may, many have faced that situation and worse and turned out to be productive citizens. To use an old saw, it’s always “Blame the past or pass the blame!” Prisons are not about reform, they are about punishment and instilling in a person that freedom is much more pleasant than incarceration.

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