|QUOTE (sivispacem @ Wednesday, Jul 10 2013, 02:20)|
|mandatory life sentences with no possible hope of re-evaluation|
is that what we're talking about?
no really, I'm confused then. the OP of this topic mentions Anders Brevik and his "20 year" sentence. but most of us understand that it's functionally a life sentence based on the review process, so it's slightly misleading.
of course I agree that every case deserves the opportunity for review. I didn't realize I had implied otherwise.
as long as someone takes to rehabilitative services and shows progress in counseling etc, I have no problem with sentencing reevaluation.
again, it also depends on the nature of the crime.
as a matter of principle (for example), I personally would be hard-pressed to release John Wayne Gacy from prison. regardless of his (potential) displays of remorse or (potential) appeals for leniency in old age on the grounds that "I ain't gonna' do it again, honest."
in some cases I feel that their personal rehabilitation and emotional comfort is beside the point.
this sacrifice is a small price to pay for the unconscionable and unimaginable level of anguish and pain he caused to (at least) 33 different people over the course of his depravity. I guess that's what I was trying to say. sometimes there really isn't any room for forgiveness. in some cases, you know, f*ck em'.
you know? f*ck em'.
sick bastards. I'm sorry. I mean, I'm not the one who raped, tortured, smothered, dismembered, and buried children in my basement. I'm not the one who is burdening the justice system with deciding what in the hell we're supposed to do with people like that. sometimes, even being alive in prison (for life) is really more than they deserve. you know, waking up in the morning. enjoying some breakfast. getting some fresh air. enjoying some dinner. watching a little TV. going to sleep. having a dream. meanwhile their victims lie buried in pieces, in horror.
no, I'm sorry.
if it were up to me, we'd still castrate you in public and then put your head on a spike in the town square.
but I guess lifelong imprisonment will have to do