First, I read this: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/bRuz/~3/E-bIIJrOziI/not-dumond.html, then followed the link to here: http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2009/11/dumond-this-isnt.html.
Ok, I understand where they’re coming from. Not everyone who is in prison & has early release will re-commit. I get it.
But here’s where the liberals & I part company. I firmly don’t believe an 18-year-old who commits the kind of crimes they did, should be eligible for any kind of early release. If an 18-year-old is raping or robbing, combined with severe violence, he should have to do his full time.
Right now, the shooter in the Washington state cop executions is at the bottom of this. He was found guilty of AGGRAVATED crimes, then his sentence overturned by Mike Huckabee, the governor of Arkansas. Of course, he takes no blame for anything, so it’s the fault of “the system”. My point is: Had this man not been released to begin with, those 3 men & 1 woman, all who have families left behind, would still be alive. Clemmons (the shooter) was guilty of violent crimes at 17 & should have been left in prison.
No, not all convicts will re-commit & the governors of all 50 states should be able to commute sentences where they feel a lengthy sentence would do no additional good. But when they commute the sentences of violent offenders, then they’re putting not only the population of their state at risk, but the other states as well. And if the person whose sentence they commute has to be made to go to another state (like Clemmons did) to live, that sentence probably shouldn’t be commuted.
I sincerely hope Huckabee gives up on his pursuit of the White House. Given his previous actions as Governor of Arkansas, his decision-making abilities will be questioned, even more than they are now. At first it was only 1 that he was questioned about. Two looks like a trend. And a dangerous one at that. (A scary thought: Being found guilty of the 9/11 plots, the terrorists are sent to Arkansas! Wait, is there a federal prison in Arkansas? Bullet dodged! Minimum security federal prison is in Arkansas. Nothing like the SuperMax prison in Florence, here. Google was my friend today & averted the moment of panic. *deep breath taken at the thought has been released*)