Stupid Sentencing

I have a problem with the way we sentence people in the American justice system.

Today, Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison. He’s 71. So he can get released when he’s 221.

Am I the only person who finds this completely stupid? Can’t we just sentence him to life in prison? Isn’t that basically the same thing without the moronic element of poor math?

We do these types of stupid sentences all the time. Someone gets 5-15 years in prison. WTF is that? Can we just make a danged decision and commit to it? How about 5 years. Or 15 years. How can we be so unsure of ourselves that we have to give ourselves 10 years of leeway in a 15 year sentence?

“Good Behavior”? Again… WTF is that? By definition, aren’t the people in prison being punished for BAD behavior? How does not stabbing people in the joint qualify them for early release?

Can we agree that if someone is sentenced to more years than they could possibly live, we should just execute them to make room in jail and save taxpayer dollars? What’s the difference? They aren’t getting out anyhow… they must have done something pretty messed up to get 150 years in prison. The electric chair needs to make a comeback.

Bernie Madoff might live another 10 years. I don’t think a 10 year sentence is sufficient for someone like him. He’s a perfect candidate for the chair. He’ll die in prison either way. The chair is just quicker and cheaper. The last thing society should have to do is pay another red cent to feed that man.

In my world, there’s not such thing as good behavior or parole. If you deserve 10 years in jail at sentencing, then you deserve 10 years. Period.

  3 comments for “Stupid Sentencing

  1. June 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Yup, yup, yup. I am 100% pro-death penalty!

  2. June 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Incredipete,

    I agree with you on the belief Madoff should be punished for what he did but I don’t believe giving him the chair serves any form of justice, only vengeance. I don’t believe the chair is appropriate and I don’t think “rehabilitation” will be effective either. So you know, I’m not thrilled with the taxpayers footing the bill for his jail time. It’s unfortunate but that’s the price our society *must* pay for locking up criminals to keep the rest of us safe.

    Don’t get me wrong: I support the death penalty. To be more clear, I support it for people who are accused of murder. What Madoff did was certainly evil but I have yet to read anything that would justify giving him the death penalty. I believe his punishment will be in the form of living the remainder of his life as a diminished, pathetic little old man with no power, no control and no future. He’ll get to watch the world move on without him all the while his every move will be watched by guards and his many new “friends.”

    This is, of course, my opinion. I am, after all, blogging about this, not addressing a judge and/or jury as man who went to law school.

  3. June 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I wrote an article called “One Punishment Fits All” in which I suggested using the death penalty as the punishment for ALL felonies.

    I’m pretty sure that type of policy would cut down on crime…

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