Monday, February 4, 2013

Tories to announce tougher sentences: Mr. Kennedy said that currently, too many kids either end up in prison or in the country’s health-care system as they “run away from the pain that has happened in their life.”

So let's have more jail and longer sentences to keep more kids inside?

Mandatory minimum prison works (or may work) for economic crimes like fraud or middle class crimes like impaired driving.  They do not work for crimes coming from irrational impulses.

If we want mandatory anything it should be mandatory treatment orders; and tougher enforcement of mandatory reporting requirements.  That's not seen as very progressive but it could actually work and make  a difference to society.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mandatory minimums do nothing but make criminals of people who have made a dumb mistake. Some people do not belong in prison period.

I am no bleeding heart liberal but I know that there are mitigating circumstances that should be taken into account during sentencing. A single mother, who has never been in trouble before, could theoretically blow .08 on a breathalyzer (just over the limit) after having one too many drinks. If she were to get involved in an accident, regardless of any inclement weather, she will serve substantial time if more than one person is marginally hurt. What about her children? What about her job?

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