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  •  "Public policy should be based on facts . . ." (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately that's only possible if we're agreed on first principles. Only then can the facts be applied to a problem to reach a mutually agreeable solution.

    For example, the criminals least likely to re-offend are those who commit uxoricide, the killing of one's wife. Given their amazingly low recidivist rate, why do we keep them in prison?

    This is where opinion enters into the penological forum. Do we incarcerate people, deprive them of the liberty by which they were "inalienably" endowed by their Creator, to protect the public from further transgression or do we act out of some notion of revenge? If the former, long prison sentences for wife killers make little sense, at the expense of an "inalienable" right. If the latter, from whence comes our right?

    These are not idle questions. They hinge entirely on beliefs, which I define as that which we act as if it were true (see MB's sig line), in other words, opinions.

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

    by DaNang65 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:34:38 PM PST

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    •   The murdered wife's family and children ... (0+ / 0-)

      would almost certainly disagree.  Besides, prison is for punishment, and the deliberate ending of a life ought to equal a life sentence in prison.  Escaping punishment tells a criminal he can do it again and get away with it again.  So he kills his next wife ... or girlfriend, who happens to be your sister ... or any other person who he's tired of.  Letting people run loose who can actually bring themselves to kill people doesn't make for a safe society for the rest of us who probably would never even think of doing such a thing in the first place or, if it did occur to us, would never act on it.

      Suggesting wife killers should not be punished smacks of misogyny.  Should husband killers be freed as well?  How about child killers.  Surely there's no difference between these victims as they're all family members.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:09:01 PM PST

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