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  • Involuntary Manslaughter.

    12 60.00%
  • Rape.

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  • Burglary.

    13 65.00%
  • General theft.

    15 75.00%
  • Kidnapping.

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  • Keep laws as they are now.

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  • They should never be forgiven at all.

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    Should people be given a second chance?

    This idea was pulled from the poll about Vick and the Eagles. But is meant to be more in general.

    Should people that have committed a felony crime be forgiven with full rights restored and record expunged and sealed once a certain amount of time has passed since their conviction?

    Now I realize that this would naturally depend on what type of crime they committed. So what I am going to do is have a multiple choice poll. I want you to vote for the ones that you think should be forgiven after a certain amount of time. I'll say 15 years after their debt to society has been paid. This poll will assume that the person has committed no other crime in that 15 year period and has been fully reformed.
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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    This idea was pulled from the poll about Vick and the Eagles. But is meant to be more in general.

    Should people that have committed a felony crime be forgiven with full rights restored and record expunged and sealed once a certain amount of time has passed since their conviction?

    Now I realize that this would naturally depend on what type of crime they committed. So what I am going to do is have a multiple choice poll. I want you to vote for the ones that you think should be forgiven after a certain amount of time. I'll say 15 years after their debt to society has been paid. This poll will assume that the person has committed no other crime in that 15 year period and has been fully reformed.
    I choose unsure.

    I believe, technically, that they are to be forgiven once they have served their prison/probation/fines sentence.

    After which i believe that they should be given a chance to make a turn around and if they do they should have full rights restored.

    As it is, having a felony on your record can pretty much ruin you forever and you eventually turn back to a life of crime because that may be the only way.
    No one is really politically interested in solving crime problems because harsh punishments are better for election results.
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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    i voted never forgive because i believe people are most idealistic at a young age.

    if you're a scumbag at 30 you will be an even bigger scumbag at 40.

    i never met a person who was a piece of **** and then just magically stopped being one.

    on my website i wrote that "forgiveness is a form of stupidity"

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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    People should be forgiven and given a second chance the second their sentence is up.

    If they're not going to be given a second chance, why release them at all? Better yet, if they're not going to be given a second chance, why not just put a bullet in them on the spot? There's no sense in spending so much money on prisons and corrective programs if we're just going to assume that they're still criminals once we've deemed them fit to release back into society.

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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    People should be forgiven and given a second chance the second their sentence is up.

    If they're not going to be given a second chance, why release them at all? Better yet, if they're not going to be given a second chance, why not just put a bullet in them on the spot? There's no sense in spending so much money on prisons and corrective programs if we're just going to assume that they're still criminals once we've deemed them fit to release back into society.
    Very logical.
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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    SOME people are permanent scumbags, and most of them occupy our prisons, or hold political office...

    Self centered people are more likely to be sociopaths, and that kind seldom matures to the point of having empathy for others.

    In my many years, I have met several people, usually men, who think that the world should revolve around THEIR wants and needs. Usually, this is a man who is far too good looking for his own good. I don't have to worry about that myself...
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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    Premeditated murder, forcible rape, burglary or robbery where any person was injured, sexual molestation of a child under 13, kidnapping a minor, any kidnapping where someone was injured or ransom was demanded, carjacking with a weapon, attempted murder or aggravated assault on a small child/elderly person/disabled person, and probably a few more that I'd think of = never get out of prison, therefore no second chance.

    Otherwise, when you've served your time you are fully restored to society with all rights and etc. If you go 10 years without being convicted of any other crime, your record is expunged.

    OH, to the list above add: "criminal malfeasance of office of any elected or appointed gov't official".

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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    I believe it is to broad of a question. There are criminals that have commited the worst of crimes that are truely remorseful and changed men/women. Some of these could be released and never commit another crime and be productive to society their entire lives. There are many that never change and would continue their behaviour.

    The difficulty is knowing which a criminal might be. We will leave reformed criminals in prison to serve the rest of their lives in prison at the same time we release those that havent changed. I do not believe there is a solution that would be fair to all.

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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    I believe in giving people a second chance. I see a problem when they get a third, fourth and fifth chance and still manage to **** it up.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Should people be given a second chance?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I believe in giving people a second chance. I see a problem when they get a third, fourth and fifth chance and still manage to **** it up.
    When it comes to felonies and felons, it's very hard to get a second chance, otherwise your right.
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