Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
And my point, FCB, was NOT about the death penalty on its face but rather that mitigating a crime on mental illness grounds often leads to the person being rehabilitated and released. Is that fair? Can sexual predators BE rehabilitated? My criminal law class/theory taught me that they cannot. What are we to do with them? Keep them in a rubber room the rest of their lives? Stick them in with the general population and let them do our dirty work for us?
Well, I'm glad your law theory class cleared that up for us. Look, people are paroled after two years of a 15 year sentence, too. Is that fair? Probably not. But you're arguing a separate point, not the central point--this isn't a recidivism discussion; it's a sentencing discussion. I know that the reality of the legal system is that bad guys get out WAY too early way too frequently. I get it. But that's not really the point.
It's simple: depending on their crime: institutionalize them or imprison them.
And you're just being daft if you think most sexual predators are created by missing prom or not being picked to host the next Kiwanis meeting. They're generally created by the same behavior they now exhibit. Does it excuse the behavior? Of course not. But it does explain it. I don't know if rehabilitation works, but imprisonment and rehabilitation are the only real options outside of execution; and I'm certainly hoping you aren't suggesting that someone should get the death penalty for leering at a kid on the park bench, as disgusting as that may be.
But spare me your prosecutor's tripe about "cutting through the red tape" and gaining justice. Save it for your stump speech.