We have a problem with our justice system
I’m not a lawyer. I’m not a judge. I’m not a criminal. I am a simple, ordinary, law-abiding citizen.
I’ve spent a lot of time watching criminal court cases over the past couple of months. The reason for that is neither here nor there; However, I’ve noticed a lot of the following defenses:
Your honor, it’s been over 5 years since John Q. Criminal’s last conviction. It’s clear from this that he is attempting to live a more stable and law-abiding life. Because of his good behavior over the last 5 years, the court should honor this and give him another shot.
Um… I call bull.
Look, I’m 26 years old and I have no criminal record. I made it 26 years without being convicted of even the most minor of misdemeanors. These folks are on their 4th or 5th felony charges in their lives, yet because they were able to “make it” 5 years without breaking a law they should receive some sort of leniency? Give me a break! It’s clear that they have no moral compass.
If this logic holds up in court, I think my parents deserve a medal or something. They made it 54 years without breaking any laws, but if they were to go out and kill someone, “your honor… they went 54 years without killing anybody, you should cut them a break” won’t hold up in court. In fact, there were several first-time offenders who ended up with stricter sentences than those who have a criminal background as long as my Video Game post awhile back.
This is completely backwards and, in my opinion, is an enabler for repeat offenders. These scumbag defense attorneys make it seem like 5 years without committing a crime is a some sort of moral accomplishment. It’s not. The majority of Americans manage to make it their entire life without committing a crime, yet no judge seems to take that into consideration when handing out probation and “residency rehabilitation.” Whether they make it 1 year, 5 years, 20 years… If they’ve broken the law in the past, they are almost guaranteed to break it again.
Our “rehabilitation” in this country is a joke. Do your time, make it through probation without failing a pee test, and you’re automatically assumed to be a contributing member of society. Once you make it through these jokes of a rehabilitation, you’re no longer under close scrutiny of the authorities. This freedom leads people who should never have true freedom again to commit the same, or greater offenses.
If making it 5 years without selling crack is an accomplishment and should rewarded, people who have never been convicted of a crime should get some sort of reward.
I suggest the following reward system for law-abiding citizens of our great nation… These apply to all adults over the age of 18:
5 years – A citizenship medal of honor
10 years – Free pass to steal a single item from a retail store
15 years – Free pass to hold up a liquor store with a knife
20 years – Free pass to hold up a bank at gun point
25 years – Free pass to drive drunk whenever they feel like it
30 years – Free pass to sell drugs
40 years – Free pass to non-lethally shoot somebody
50 years – Free pass to kill someone
60 years – Free pass to kill someone in the middle of a bank robbery
70 years – Free pass to assassinate some major political figure
80+ years – Free to do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want. No jail time for ANYTHING
If we’re going to continue to hand out free passes to individuals who can’t keep their crap straight; Who don’t possess a moral compass; Who can’t follow simple, well documented, laws; Then the rest of us should get some sort of free pass to break those rules.
The majority of society requires no effort to live a law-abiding life. Breaking a law, for these folks, is much more difficult than following it. Even if the above free passes were given, few individuals would cash in on them, because they know it’s WRONG. Whether it’s legal or not, it’s still wrong to do these things, so people just don’t do them. Criminals don’t have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong. They only have the ability to commit selfish acts that lead to pain and suffering for their victims. They don’t care about that, because they are only concerned about how life has wronged them in some way and they’re taking revenge on it by destroying everything in their path.
There should be no leniency just because some douche-monkey was able to stay straight for a few years. If you do the crime, you do the time. No more free passes for “good behavior.” It’s not “good behavior” anyway… It’s being a responsible, moral human being. It’s not something that should be rewarded. It should be something that is expected.