Life without parole? Who should get it? If a serial killer gets it, should a person who kills one person? In some states natural life is the maximum sentence available. If the death penalty is available and a person who kills two or more receives life should a person who only kills once also receive life? Giving someone life says that person crossed a line which justifies the forfeiture of their entire life. What if he’s a juvenile? In his twenties? And if life is to be imposed then can it deter one who kills once from killing twenty? Once you’ve reached that life sentence realm can it deter one from going further? I have life. For a single murder conviction. Aside from the fact that I am actually innocent, the sentence imposed does not compute. Even if I were guilty. A police informant answered a knock at the door and was shot. There was no torture, theft, rape, nor anything beyond the shooting itself. In contrast a guy here is one of two men known as the serial shooters that terrorized Phoenix, Arizona for months killing multiple people, injuring others, and killing animals. We both have life. The system is flawed. Guys being released after committing multiple murders? Pedophiles and rapists only doing 5-10 years? And while on the inside? Citizens, maybe even you believe prisons work. I ask how can prisons full of criminals work? It’s a difficult question. No doubt prison administrators have a hard job. However rehabilitation is possible through reform. I’ll talk about my thoughts on these issues in my upcoming blog installation. I’d like to find people for discussions. Law students, Paralegals, Lawyers, Judges, Professors, Prosecutors, and anyone else interested in these topics. I am a Paralegal myself and I enjoy a good debate. Let’s talk via email on my tablet. You have to set it up but once you do we can talk easily. Have a great day!
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