Friday, October 20, 2006

Ah.. Canada's legal system fucked up, again. Big surprise.

Well, I have a proposed fix for it, too. Seems so logical to me, I don't know why no one else has tried to push for it.

It concerns the whole BS of "youth offenders act".
Sure, I think for some smaller crimes, if a person is a youth, they should get a bit of privacy, and a less severe sentence.
But for 1st degree bloody murder, just because someone is 18, does not mean they should get off scotch free.

Case in point:
I saw on A Channel news today, that a 17 year old teenager raped and murdered a 15 year old teenager. He has shown no remorce whatsoever since the crime.

His sentence? 18 months. He's now 19.

Maybe there's something I'm missing, but they didn't mention a reason for this ridiculous light sentence, besides the fact this guy was a youth when he committed the crime (which is utter an complete bullshit.) You know what's bullshit about this idea? Once over a certain age (it's like 7, not 18), a person knows the difference between right and wrong, to kill or not kill.

It's almost as bad as Carmen only getting 8 years for stabbing a kid right in the heart. The fact that they think he has a good chance for rehabilitation makes me chuckle a bit.

Anyway, let's just apply simple logic to the problem:
"the younger you are (<18), the less your sentence should be for a crime"
"for extremely violent crime, there should a more significant penalty, with less variation for age"

This suggests a straight approach:
Make, for instance, 1st degree murder(Base Years in Prison) = 10 + age (where there is a minimum age and maximum age this applies to)

This type of idea makes a lot more sense then "well, you are under 18, you get 1 year. Over 18, you get 25 to life". How the hell does that make any sort of sense?

That way, a 17 year old goes into prison for a violent crime like this, for a base amount of 27 years (could be slightly adjusted either way).

That way, the young guy who committs this haneous crime, learns a lesson. He might eventually get out of prison, but not till all of his best years are spent away in a prison. He deserves no less.


At 4:48 p.m., Blogger Sara said...

Ummm yeah, that wouldn't work since a life sentence is 25 years...
so you'd be giving a young person a stricter sentence than an adult, which makes no sense at all.

At 5:39 p.m., Blogger Medieval said...

Fine. 5+Age, max=25 yrs.

That a better scale?

I just think the current system is ludicrous. Of course, I don't really understand how the current system works. I'm just saying, with results like these, there's obviously some big holes in the current system.


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