William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 15, January, 2011

He Has A Point

Filed under: Forensics — williamthecoroner @ 16:06

I was noodling through the archives of Mark Bennett’s Blog Defending People, and I came across this little gem.

To put it into context, prison is not inexpensive. Incarceration costs, I believe, $48,000/year in Ohio. Now, there are some folks who surely need to be in prison. Those folks who need to be in prison are those that pose an immediate danger to other folks. Mr. Bennett suggests:

A first-time offender should not go to prison if he couldn’t legally have been shot and killed if caught in the act



  1. Why limit that criterion to first-time offenders?

    Comment by bluntobject — Saturday, 15, January, 2011 @ 16:30 | Reply

    • Setting aside drug use and possession, which didn’t work in the 1920’s and don’t work know, there need to be consequences for illegal actions. Frankly, MORE non-violent, “white collar” criminals should go to jail. By these lights, Bernie Madoff would not be in prison. Now, that Madoff is punished less severely than killers is not a good outcome. He shouldn’t be walking around free, either. I want the chance of incarceration to deter people who would steal my identity as well as those who would stick a gun in my face. I’m willing to give one free bite, as it were. After that, forget it.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Saturday, 15, January, 2011 @ 19:23

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