"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
With people talking about cutting off people's dicks (what do you do about a woman child molester?) and killing people who touch kids, that's pure emotion speaking, rational thought has left the building. We don't mutilate people for crimes. If the rightwingnutjobs want that so much, then they would be VERY happy in Iran. While people have every right to get emotional over such a thing, that emotion has no place in the courtroom. The law is about punishment for a crime. That punishment does not go up or down with whether people are emotional about it or not. Since emotion can't affect prison sentencing, people have invented a new method of punishing people like that, the sex offender registry. Since there hasn't been a single study that concluded the registry has protected anybody from anything but have been numerous studies citing its extreme cost, lack of accuracy, broad reach, harming the children of sex offenders whos friends ridicule and tease them because their loved one was discovered on the registry, etc etc as inhibiting its original intent to the point where it's almost useless, it can be said that doing away with the registry or keeping it out of the public's eyes can and should be considered. However, people will be punished with retroactive increases in length of registration without due process, which of course is illegal and unconstitutional and is being found so in cases across the country.
Most people don't give a rats ass about someone growing pot and smoking it themselves, yet get caught doing that, and you go away for a very long time. There is almost neutral emotion to that crime, yet the sentence is off the charts. I know child molesters who did 3 months in jail and 5 years probation, and child porn downloaders who, for a first offense, did 10 YEARS in a federal prison with lifetime probation. There is something wrong with that picture. While I don't like to quantify "badness" of crimes, at some point, a rational person would say that someone who actually touched a child should do far longer than someone who did nothing but click a computer mouse. At least that's how I feel about it. And I don't mean production or distribution, I mean simple possession.
Last edited by dontworrybehappy; 03-15-11 at 10:54 PM.
Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.