420 Magazine Background

Wrong People Are Filling U.S. Prisons

PFlynn

New Member
I shake my head so often at the American justice system that I could provide wind-powered energy for a small island. One issues that has me befuddled now is capital punishment. Is it barbaric?

Perhaps we need to focus on the victims, and ask them. Oh, that's right, they were killed, barbarically. Their voices are no longer heard. Is it a deterrent for crime? For that individual it certainly is. Besides, I never thought of it as a deterrent so much as a means to make bad people dead.

I recently inquired about the local chapter for Amnesty International, wanting to put my photojournalism skills to use in Darfur. I was surprised to discover that one of its projects was to send Christmas cards to death row inmates. Perhaps I'll send mine to victims' families instead. Call me crazy, but my sympathy lies elsewhere.

Take the people imprisoned for marijuana out of harsh prisons, and focus on violent offenders. If you ask me, I'd rather face a pot smoker in a dark alley than a homicidal maniac. At the very worst, I'd be attacked by a Dorito-eating ''Monty Python'' addict. What does it take for bureaucrats to actually use common sense?

There are people who belong in prison, and those who don't. And, if you need to spend money on studies to know the difference, you need to find another job. To know the difference, look at a man or woman behind bars for smoking marijuana and compare that to an image of Michael Vick torturing an animal.


Source: Morning Call (Allentown,PA)
Copyright: 2008 The Morning Post
Contact: Lehigh Valley news, Allentown news, Bethlehem news, pocono news, Easton news from The Morning Call and mcall.com -- themorningcall.com
Website: Lehigh Valley news, Allentown news, Bethlehem news, pocono news, Easton news from The Morning Call and mcall.com -- themorningcall.com
 
Top Bottom