jimmy two hands wrote:You can tell someone is a Grade-A asshole if the Muppets don't like them.
HOUSTON_M wrote:As revealed on a previous post I made on this thread I support one-strike/first-offence LWOP for sexual assaults involving the following: e.g. home invasion + gunpoint or, e.g. abduction + binding as I believe such offenders if released have the potential to kill if not necessarily the potential to commit first-degree murder.
HOUSTON_M wrote:- It might not be an effective deterrent;
HOUSTON_M wrote:That said the fact is that had this law been in place from 1950 to the present day then the lives of scores of children would have been saved.
HOUSTON_M wrote:Life Without Parole is a big thing. It is an extremely punitive measure to take. It isn't right but it is the only way of ensuring that these offenders don't rape and kill
Model Citizen wrote:Parole should always be considered
Go, Dog. Go! wrote:Model Citizen wrote:Parole should always be considered
I disagree with this, although I share your distrust of state power.
I support rehabilitative policies, and the 3 strikes laws are inhumane and unjust. In spite of popular opinion, here in the US, we are way too draconian in our criminal justice system. There is a real lust for punishment and blood somehow deeply rooted in our culture. But it does not follow that LWOP is always inappropriate. Rather, it should be reserved for the worst offenders.
What is truly disturbing are the well-documented flaws in the system leading to often irreversible consequences: reliance on eye-witness testimony at trial, the plea-bargaining process, flawed police interrogation techniques, prosecutorial misconduct, an elected judiciary, etc. Innocent people go to jail here. A lot.
So one of the biggest problems are the obstacles in using post-conviction exculpatory evidence to prove innocence. Such exculpatory evidence may be available after conviction to prove either actual innocence, or innocence of any number of aggravating circumstances contributing to the severity of the sentence. Given the other known flaws in the system, if exculpatory facts come to light that were unavailable at trial after a person has been sentenced to LWOP, a just society should have appropriate mechanisms in place to re-examine the sentence and even the conviction.
and the death penalty is crap, of course.
Marsupialized wrote:Why'd they get rid of the guillotine? The guillotine was awesome. FOOMP, done. Painless, quick, messy, everything you are looking for in a death penalty.
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