Thursday, May 26, 2011

When You're In Prison

The Fiberals that are the Ragister editorial board reviewed the recent Supreme Court decision that will force an unprecedented release of some 40,000 inmates in California prisons.

In their editorial -- A wakeup call on prison populations -- the Ragister seems to see the laws as the problem, not the people who choose to violate those laws and commit crimes and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Reading the Ragister you see -- Iowa has had a pattern of building prisons only to quickly fill them.

Damn you Iowa!

The Ragister continues -- California is in a class by itself, however, the result of decades of get-tough criminal sentencing laws, including a three-strikes law that puts repeat offenders away for life.

Curse you California!

As of June 2010, there were 93,632 (56.4% of the total population) inmates serving mandatory sentences; 24,143 (14.6%) serving life sentences; and 4,085 (2.5%) serving life without parole. There were 687 on death row; 34,499 serving their second sentence; and 8,584 serving their third.

If I were California, I'd ship the 20,864 illegal immigrant inmates, which is about 13 percent of California's total inmate population, to Washington D.C. and let the federal government worry about them.

That would save California nearly $930 million a year and get them halfway to the Supreme Court's 40,000 number.

Justice Anthony Kennedy went all squishy on crime when he opined, "Prisoners retain the essence of human dignity inherent in all persons. Respect for that dignity animates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."

Of the total inmate population in California, 94,413 were incarcerated for crimes against persons with 25,145 were in jail for either first- or second-degree murder.

They didn't show "human dignity", therefore they don't deserve to be treated with "human dignity".

I think the court system may be stretching the 8th Amendment a little too far, as prison conditions aren't part of the official sentence encompassed in the amendment.


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