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What Rights?

Updated on June 27, 2007

Prisoners Rights but No Victims Rights

On almost any given day, a person can read or hear about the rights of people in prison. Some of the more common complaints are: The color TV is broke, the air conditioning is too cold, the food is no good, etc.

But, you very seldon hear about being the rights of the victums taken into consideration. Here's a true example: a husband was arrested for beating his wife. His stiff sentence was 40 hours of community service and told not to do it again. (Please note the sarcasim.) Soon after that, he attack his wife with a hammer and hit her 17 times and as you might guess; he killed her. He was given a short prison term.

Somehow, the Government has forgotten prisons are to punish people who have broken the law. Instead, they are making prison nothing more than rest stations so the prisoner has time to plan his next law -breaking act. The justice system and society seem to be saying, "Go ahead and break the law, we'll let you out on bail or early release."

Look at the record. How many ex-cons are repeat offenders. What's really tragic are the number of men who have beaten their wife/and or children and are sentenced to prison, but all they have to do is post bail and go out to either stalk or kill them.

"They are reformed", states the justice system. (Actually, if I were a prisoner and knew my sentence could be reduced by being "reformed", I guess I would, "reform.")

Why should a convicted prisoner be allow to post bail or get a reduced sentenced for good behavior? If statics could prove they were reformed in prison, fine, but the statics to don't that?


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      In my city, a prisoner released from the New Jersey penal system after serving time for asault on his wife came to town and attacked her as she walked out her front door to go to work the morning after his relaese - stabbed her 21 times and said he did it by mistake because the knife slipped. The judge asked him if it slipped 21 times. He later admitted to planning her murder from the day he entered prison. I don't think all prisoners do that, but I think some do so.