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When is enough enough

I have heard over the years that we here in Australia should have truth in sentencing, which in a nutshell means that if you get a custodial sentence of 10-15 years you should do at least the minimum which in this case is 10 years. Many people have argued and I believe rightly so that in some cases inmates are released excessively early, they committed heinous crimes and although their sentence was 15-20 years they are out after 8 or 9. I can understand how in these cases people, particularly those personally affected by the crime committed are outraged by the apparent leniency in our prison systems. My question to you though is this:

If someone is given 18 - 24 years and they serve 18 of those years should they then be released?

Remember these people have served the full 'minimum' period of the sentence handed down to them many years previously and due to good behaviour or some such they are now due to get out. Have they paid their 'debt' to society so to speak or should we now be allowed to cry foul and demand they not be released? I understand that the families affected by these crimes, in many case capital crimes such as murder believe that the perpetrators should never be released. I believe that there are some crimes that people commit that effectively remove their right to breath, let alone walk free to allow them in many cases to offend again. But unfortunately capital punishment is not an option in this country (if they ever change their minds please contact me as I would be happy to pull the switch on some these 'things') but that's a different issue.

To look at these issues with a purely unemotive eye one could argue that if the minimum is served and the prisoner has kept his or her nose clean during that period then they should be released, after all the minimum sentence imposed has been completed. In my humble opinion if you object to the length of the sentence the time to appeal that decision is when that decision is made and not many years later at time of release. Also I would like to point out that the identity or occupation of the victim should in no way interfere with the judicial process. By this I mean that if a person is murdered for example and that person is a 38 year old male their occupation should have no impact on the length of incarceration. The murder of a high profile celebrity should attract no different punishment than that of the taxi driver who took him to his last destination. I cannot agree with let alone condone the segregating of society and societies laws based on celebrity, professional or financial status, we are all equal 'apparently' under law.

As someone who has spent some time inside one of Australia's maximum security prisons I can tell you there are many one time offenders who make idiotic choices and then have to pony up and pay the piper and when their time is done it's done, they will NEVER re-offend. Sure there are many people in prisons everywhere that should never see the outside again EVER!!! these are predators who give nothing of value to anyone but thankfully the number of these types of people are small and for those I believe a much more humane way to deal with them is the insertion of a small lead tablet just behind the left ear 'via condios'.

If we are to maintain a workable legal system in this country we must do so from an unemotive standpoint, a position that is not easily taken and I for one am happy not be be one of those people making said decisions. My ways of dealing with dregs is to flush em but in the real world that solution, no matter how attractive it may seem is simplistic yes, cheap definately but not exactly equitable.

One last thing, whenever you do anything you make a choice whether that be good or bad it is yours own it, accept it and take responsibilty for it.

Till next time, keep the rubber side down keep ya bags dry and remember


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