QUOTE(Victoria Silverwolf @ Apr 22 2005, 11:37 PM)
I had to answer "other" on the poll, because the question is a little vague.
Each case needs to be considered on its own. Someone fondling a twelve-year-
old, although a serious offense, is not on exactly the same level as someone
raping a five-year-old.
Definitely. I'm curious, Victoria, what exactly would you deem the appropriate
punishment for the rape of 5-year-old?
In general, long prison sentences and careful monitoring of future
activities seem to be most appropriate for these sorts of crimes.
Long prison sentences, yes. And, without possibility of parole. As far as close
monitoring of future activities, if we cannot be sure he won't do the same crime
again, there should be no "monitoring of his actions," because he should stay
in prison. Since we know pedophiles are absolutely repeat offenders, the first
time they get caught should be the time when they lose all rights to the outside
world. First strike, they're out.
I oppose the death penalty under all circumstances. I can certainly
understand the justifiable rage that is the normal response to serious crimes,
but the government should not be in the revenge business.
Revenge may be a factor in why some people support capital punishment,
but it is not the reason why capital punishment is a necessary form of dealing
with certain crimes.
Removing certain liberties from persons who cannot be trusted with
those liberties is sometimes necessary, but it should always be done with sorrow.
It should be done because if it's not innocent people will
be in danger.
QUOTE(CruisingRam @ Apr 23 2005, 01:14 AM)
Actual pedophiles I would like to see a constitutional amendment just for them.
I am not into really hard core penalties for first time offenders with no other
accusations of wrongdoing- and here is why. The prosecutorial/investigative part
of our goverment makes mistakes- and we need to build in a "relief valve" to
make sure the innocent and wrongly accused do not get caught up in it!
Yes, a constitutional ammendment is necessary. As far as the first-time offenders,
it really does depend on the circumstances. There will be cases of first timers
(it's not their first time, necessarily, it's just the first time in getting caught) who
need to have the severest punishment possible. If that's not an option because
it's "only his first time," then we are setting ourselves up for cases like the one
mentioned at the beginning of this thread.
I do agree, however, that each case must be thoroughly and completely
examined to ensure that mistakes and wrongful convictions don't occur.
Pedophiles, however, typically have a long string of abuses piled up
behind them, and are easy to cull out from the rest of the herd
Yeah, but that's because they weren't given the long sentences the first, second,
third time they were caught. If we would understand that such behavior is
going to be repeated then we might take such crimes more seriously the first time