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Does anyone else think that this whole "life" in prison thing just isn't happening? I mean, in Australia (you'll have to let me know about other jurisdictions), when a court says "life in prison" it can sometimes mean 15 yrs then parole. I just think it's extremely stupid.

Many argue that such mandatory sentences as "life" give the criminal "no light at the end of the tunnel", in that they have no freedom to hope for. Bacially, in my relatively insensitive-to-criminals opinion, if they wanted freedom, they shouldn't have committed the crime they did.

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Posts: 292 | Posted: 02:18 AM on May 23, 2005 | IP
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I think life is ten years in britain, nit sure though. I'm totaly insensetive to criminals as well They loose their rights as soon as they violate others.


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Posts: 301 | Posted: 2:49 PM on May 23, 2005 | IP
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Of course you guys must consider a couple of things.

1) Of course when they get out in 15 years it means they were a model citizen in jail. Some people say people can fake it, and pretend to be. But I really do challenge someone to act selflessly and rightcheously for 15 years if that is not their nature. Also the parole depends on their crime, like Myra Hindley from the Moorsland Murders. (Please don't bring up how she was brainwashed, I just used her crimes as a example of grievious crimes)

2) However small the chance is, there is always the chance that someone will get convicted unfairly or that they are not guilty. They will obviously be model citizens (compared to the other people who were convicted, because they were convicted for life meaning they did something pretty bad) and then they will still hav e a chance.

3) Although technically this isn't part of it, but once a criminal, always a criminal. That is how some people think. So even if you get out of jail, you still will be punished for your actions.


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Posts: 1 | Posted: 07:48 AM on July 2, 2005 | IP
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Xerraire,

From your first point, i think the very fact that they received a life sentence indicates that they committed a very serious crime, most often murder. I think that if they are guilty, and I mean really guilty, caught redhanded and all, there should be no parole AT ALL. I don't care how well they behaved in prison. The life they took will not be brought back after 15 years because they were good.

On your second point, are you saying that because they behaved well in prison they may not be guilty?

Your third point is that even if they do get released for good behavior the public will still view them as a criminal. They are a criminal. They committed a crime and were sent to jail, understand we are talking about life sentences here not a person who gets sent to jail for 10 years for robbery and gets out in 8 for good behavior. The criminals being talked about here have obviously been convicted of a crime so heinous that a judge and jury thought they should be locked away for the rest of their life. But I will be sympathetic and as understanding as possible to their plight. If anyone feels this animal should be let out of prison, why don't they set a room up for them in their house so they can be sure they are treated fairly for the rest of their life.

Rob


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Posts: 41 | Posted: 11:01 PM on July 15, 2005 | IP
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Our justice system (U.S.) is a joke. Mandatory sentences are never kept and some criminals (who later become violent criminals) are released. I think our justice system needs serious fixing. I think our jails need to actually "rehabilitate" rather than make people more violent.  The only a criminal can become an honest model citizen again is if they actually are "rehibilitated."  As for those people that are insensitive have no remorse for henious acts, they deserve neither life in prision or compassion. Since they will be no good to anyone why not just execute them?
 


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