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  •  you're stereotyping. In a BIG way. (3+ / 0-)

    No one said that we believe "most criminals" to be victims of society.  You're also claiming that "most criminals" are "violent sociopaths."  Perhaps you didn't know that quite a lot of people in prison are locked up for non-violent offenses.  

    It sure sounds like you're placing a huge amount of authoritarian faith in the prison industry, though.  The sense I get from your comments is: Once a criminal, always a criminal.  Never mind that people might be falsely imprisoned, and never mind that people have the right to re-enter society after serving their time.  Let's also not forget that minorities are disproportionately targeted for arrest and imprisonment -- or are you going to argue that minorities are, by their nature of being locked up disproportionately compared to white people, more prone to violence and crime?

    •  I had my wallet stole and was mugged at gun point (0+ / 0-)

      I just have very little sympathy for violent criminals. When it comes to drug criminals, as long as they are nonviolent and don't reoffend, I have no problem with diversionary and treatment programs.

      •  well, I am sorry that you were mugged (0+ / 0-)

        no one should have to go through that.

        However, I would caution you that you shouldn't let that experience color your entire view of people who are in prison.  Some are convicted on false charges.

        There's also a difference between violent criminals before they've been convicted and sentenced for a crime, and ex-convicts who have served their time.  I think it's clear from your comments here that you don't seem to think so.  Is Michael Vick still an animal abuser now that he has served his time for that crime?  You might feel he is -- but the law doesn't think so.

      •  Getting mugged sucks. (0+ / 0-)

        You're far from the only person in this discussion who has been the target of a violent crime, though.

        Justice Brennan Was A Recess Appointment

        by JesseCW on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 01:24:50 AM PDT

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