Fritz Rauschenberg wfritz at mindspring.com
Tue Oct 9 18:50:52 BST 2007

Could the sentence be because the robber didn't shoot the drug dealer? :-)

Fritz Rauschenberg
wfritz at mindspring.com
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> [Original Message]
> From: Glen Wilson <rovercar at comcast.net>
> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
> Date: 10/9/2007 2:23:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] OT Prison
> Brooks wrote:
> >
> >
> >  You are to be commended for your warmth and caring....however in many 
> > cases these criminals already found God at their bail hearings or trial.
> >
> Of course, my two cents is needed here...
> The shame of it is that many people who are in prison really are capable 
> of straightening out and being rehabilitated, but we in the USA have 
> more and more one-size-fits-all laws with mandatory sentences and no 
> latitude allowed to judges or parole boards to cut some slack to those 
> who would make the best of it and become good citizens. It's easier to 
> pass mandatory sentencing laws than it is to find good people who have 
> enough good judgment to be trusted as judges.
> I don't know what to do with the ones who are really far gone or 
> inherently evil.
> The point is that all of these people who are in prison are individuals 
> with their own individual crimes. Someone with wisdom should be allowed 
> to judge them and sentence them based on exactly what actions they took 
> and on the person they actually, individually are.
> Sentencing guidelines and good judges, not mandatory sentences.
> Some of this is said based on my experience as a jury foreman in a 
> criminal case. A thief went into a house and robbed a drug dealer at 
> gunpoint. No one was injured. The judge sentenced him to 41 years in the 
> state prison.
> Glen
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