This NARSOL blog post, once again, complains about America putting too many criminals in jail.
Is that NARSOL’s position, that we need to tolerate more crime and let criminals loose among us?
I didn’t think so.
I disagree that we have too many people in jail for crimes, in general. For most crimes OTHER THAN sex offenses that are prosecuted in the courts, too many people get light sentences. Especially for crimes that are malum in se and have a clear and specific victim (not a crime against “the morals of the community” or some such sentiment).
Sex offenders and murderers tend to get slammed by judges with big punishments, but those are about the only crimes I can think of that are treated that way.
If we as Americans want to keep the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution (privacy, freedom of association, freedom of the press and speech, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to raise our kids as we see fit without Big Brother being a co-parent to every family, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND that some people among us cannot handle that freedom, and for them, the freedom to be free of government supervision is freedom to steal from others and assault other people and get away with it.
If you want to live in a society where criminals aren’t sent to prison, you’ll end up with either anarchy (including a return to lynch mob justice and revenge killings, such as the Hatfield-McCoy feud), OR you’ll soon be living in a police state, where freedoms are dialed back to the level to suit the unrepentant felons among us.
As for the SALEM WITCH TRIALS, the worst thing about them was that those people were innocent, and railroaded through a “court” system that had no justice in it. Those witch tribunals didn’t have any of the rights of due process of law, admissibility of evidence, etc. that we have today. The witch trials were totally worthless at determining guilt or innocence– the equivalent today would be shaking the Magic 8 Ball and seeing what message floats into view.
NARSOL should focus on specific laws that are unjust, and NARSOL should be against penalizing S/O registrants based on rumors, myths, and legends regarding how dangerous such people are. But if NARSOL is seen as just an apologist for all criminals— if NARSOL’s mission is seen as to take punishment out of the criminal justice system, nobody outside of the community of convicted S/O and their families will take it seriously.
Some sex offenders NEED and deserve long prison sentences, and probation for life, with limited freedoms while on probation or parole. The thing the legal system needs to work on is to identify those people by individual assessment, not lumping all S/O together just because their crimes had something to do with children and sexual conduct or nudity.