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Old April 9, 2009, 01:10 PM   #12
Join Date: July 2, 2007
Posts: 33
Crime Control

I grew up in the era of sentencing criminals to "x years at hard labor." As a youth, I'd see chain gangs crushing oyster shell to make county roads. My friends and I would NEVER contemplate any action to put on in those circumstances. I have problems to this day with the phrase "cruel & unusual punishment." Dog gone it, punishment shouldn't be an air-conditioned cell with cable and computer access for a short period. It's like a time out for children, not a severe lifestyle change as a consequence for bad acts. If people saw criminals routinely sentenced to this sort of thing, it might affect how they choose to make money.
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