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  1. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    There should be a middle ground, but when you routinely see judges give drunk drivers a slap on the wrist for their 6th offense, pedophiles in jail for 5 years, and career criminals given every possible opportunity to serve as little time as possible you have step and say that the judges are not doing their jobs.

    The revolving door of the criminal justice system is a joke.

  2. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    DaSharkie – Let’s break that down a little.

    There are violent and non-violent crimes. Violent crimes should be punished by jail time (to segregate them from normal citizens), monitoring, restitution, reformation. Non-violent crimes should, at most, garner a fine.

    What is a non-violent crime? Drug use, Drug Sales, Prostitution, Drunk Driving (Remember that you can be arrested and jailed for just being behind the wheel and drunk even if you didn’t hurt anyone), Gambling without the sanction of the state, etc. etc. etc. We have all sorts of crimes that are created by the nanny state to protect us from ourselves even when we aren’t hurting anyone else.

    A Violent crime should be defined as: 1) Having a victim, and 2) That victim having suffered an injury.

    We spend far too much money and effort locking people up for: 1) Doing things that we don’t like (whether anyone gets hurt or not), Thinking things we don’t like (I can cite examples), or not following OUR morals. We need to get out of the business of enforcing OUR morals on others.

    Show me a victim before you start locking people up.

  3. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Y’know, I’d like to lock skipcarlsen and Omnius in a room together… and whoever makes it out alive gets eaten by lions.

  4. MaNoah

    MaNoah said, 8 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    very possibly because we coddle them. you do even 1/4 of what most felons (def: traitor) do in other countries, and you get permanently removed from the gene pool.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, 8 months ago

    @Omnius

    You should consider getting a job with the Korean Central News Agency in North Korea. Your style of criticism of the opposition is in tune with their news style.

  6. r2varney

    r2varney said, 8 months ago

    A genuine problem. One the one hand mandatory sentences take away the ability to buy your freedom with high paid lawyers. On the other hand it fill jails which is a fine cause for free enterprise.

    A classic case of “can’t have your cake and eat it too”. What is a good Republican to make of this dilemma

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 8 months ago

    Many states elect their judges to state and local benches. It would be fair to assume that some of these elected judges make decisions influenced to one degree or another by the ‘help’ they received in getting their position and the help they hope to get when they run again.
    The judges send people to jails/prisons where civil punishment combines with the crimes inmates visit on each other.
    There is ‘scum’ everywhere in the judicial system. From the truly evil/bad criminal, to the corrupt cop, the ambitious prosecutor, the lazy/incompetent defense attorney, corrupt staff in the system who might divert or even destroy evidence,and the judge himself. Then there is the prison with too many corrupt and underpaid guards and wardens who may also not be the best man for the job.
    Sometimes, the nicest person in the courtroom is the hapless person arrested.
    Fortunately, MOST people are good. For instance, many police will give warnings when they can instead of arresting or writing a ticket.
    There are also non violent crimes that do great harm financially and/or emotionally to massive numbers of people.
    Mandatory sentencing guidelines are wrong for one important reason. It forces judges to ignore mitigating circumstances or even a person’s exemplary behavior and contributions to community in their past. There are more reasons to use guidelines instead of mandatory sentences, but that will suffice.
    The cost of maintaining our overcrowded prisons is in the billions, and that doesn’t include other costs.
    Evil needs to be punished, but most criminals aren’t really evil. They just made a really bad judgement call.
    We need to be better at separating the two and sentencing the people with wisdom, not vindictiveness.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  8. Sharuniboy

    Sharuniboy GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @skipcarlsen,
    Something of a case in point: Some years back, a young man was sent up for life – for rape and murder – mostly because the investigating officer had decided he HAD TO BE GUILTY. This decision was made on the “evidence” of some drawings the young man had made – which offended the officer’s “sensibilities”, and weren’t exactly something one would hang in one’s City Museum. At best – VERY BEST – the “evidence” was weakly circumstantial. But, when the Judge instructed the Jury as to how it was to decide . . . !


    About 15 years later, with DNA EVIDENCE, proving the simple fact that the young man DID NOT DO THE CRIME, and that another “suspect” at the time was the actual rapist/murderer – indeed, as the young man had protested all along, he wasn’t even there, and had not even seen the victim, much less been the criminal(!) – the Verdict was reversed; and the young man – now in his late 30’s – was finally released, costing the State of Cowlorado some several MILLIONS of Dollars in settlement of False Imprisonment claims.


    And, a youth – about 17 at the time – was walking down the side of the road, with a full 2 gallon gas can, returning to his own stalled car, where he had run out of fuel. A couple of the neighborhood youngsters, out for a ride in a stolen car – a fact which the youth in question DID NOT KNOW, and could not have known – offered him a lift back to his own stalled vehicle. Having something over a mile left to walk, he accepted the offer, and got in the back seat.


    Along came a County Mountie, who had been apprised of the car theft by radio earlier, and spotting the vehicle, made a quick U-turn, radioed to headquarters for help, and went after the car; which was stopped about 3/4 mile up the road, when a State Patrol vehicle pulled out in front of it, and the driver of the stolen car went into the fence alongside to avoid a T-bone crash.


    Found “guilty” of the car-theft along with those who had actually stolen the vehicle, the youngster with the gas-can was also charged with some additional high-penalty crimes, centering around the potential use of gasoline for arson purposes. And, he wound up with the mandatory sentence for the longest term possible – 25 years in the State pen, if memory serves – His ONLY “crime” being that of accepting a ride, to avoid having to walk over a mile to get to his stalled car.


    Even the boys who had stolen the car – for a “joy-ride” in the first place, sentence for which is something around 2-5 years at most. And, for teen-agers that IS NOT a sentence to be served in adult prison – TESTIFIED that the boy with the gasoline was NOT in/of/with their “gang”, or a party in any way to the theft of the vehicle to begin with.


    These, then, are the “scum” you speak of? And for this kind of “justice” our Nation should have “mandatory terms”?


    MY! MY! MY! It must be just wonderful to be so personally righteous, and so much above all others.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html

  10. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 8 months ago

    @r2varney

    Charges have to filed; the opportunity for the rich to avoid court and a conviction leading to a minimum sentence.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    “Why does America have higher rates of scum than all other countries?”

    It’s a trickle down thing, Doc – scum trickles down from our upper levels of government, thus contaminating our general population, where it tends to spread.

    I doubt there is an effective prophylactic for this, except to deal with the infection at its source.

  12. Sharuniboy

    Sharuniboy GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Just so no one forgets: Today, is a banner day in the realm of “law ’n order” – as the Republicans have it. August 19,1692, was the day on which 4 women and a clergyman were hanged, after having been found guilty in the Salem Witch Trials. Now, if today’s “liberal” Judges just remembered THAT. . . !

  13. r2varney

    r2varney said, 8 months ago

    @Hawthorne

    I don’t think it “only” upper levels of government that is responsible. When you encourage a dog eat dog.. the best man wins.. free enterprise that is what your society gets. The “scum” comes in different flavors.. the guy that steals an old ladies purse gets thrown in jail.. the corporation that makes a movie depicting death and destruction wins an Oscar. A strange system of values.

  14. Quipss

    Quipss said, 8 months ago

    @DaSharkie

    Anything is routine when you have 350,000,000 people.

    if 0.001% of the population commits any crime you will see a conviction 350 days of the year (assuming each is on a separate day) as a result understanding while it may seem rampant can be as little as 1/1000 cases.

    Thanks to media latching on to anything that seems unfair you will generally get the impression it is much larger

  15. Quipss

    Quipss said, 8 months ago

    @MaNoah

    Well I can say in Canada we boast a crime rate 1/2 the rate of the USA with lighter sentencing. Also, back to a comment earlier about drunk driving, I do support punishment for drunk drivers, in BC it has been done fairly successfully by making it so if you are busted 2 times your car is impounded and your licence suspended for 2 years. There is no jail time served, but losing car and licence has proved a great deterent

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