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Is Wanting to See McVeigh's Execution
Use a Gun, No More Fun
Go Directly To Jail, Do
Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200
There Are No Criminals, Just Broken
"3-Strikes"? Why Not "2nd
Chicken Soul of the Prisoner's
Prison Rape Elimination
- 2007 Statistical Abstract The National
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Is Wanting to See McVeigh's Execution
We're told that televising Timothy McVeigh's execution would appeal
only to the public's most base and voyeuristic instincts. That may be
the case, but your parents and grandparents were regularly shown
graphic government film of how Uncle Sam once put his enemies to
death. TSG has dug up that footage and it's at: www.thesmokinggun.com
Use a Gun, No More Fun
In California, if you're 14 years or older and use a gun in
conjunction with a crime, you'll get 10 to life. Life if you shoot
someone with it. 20 years if you fire and miss. And 10 years just for
using it without firing it. In Oregon, Measure 11 that went into
effect April 1, 1995 says: If you are 15 or older and if you do any
of 21 crimes in Oregon, you must go to prison for a long time! Murder
is just one of the crimes. Some of the others are done everyday. Here
are some examples.
- Robbery II: You alone or with a friend want
someone's baseball cap. You either pretend to have a weapon or
threaten to beat the owner up. You and your friend go to prison
for 5+ years.
- Assault II: You and a friend get into a fight with
another person. Your friend pokes the other person in the eye with
the handle of a hairbrush, a stick, etc. The eye is injured. You
and your friend go to prison for 5+ years.
- Sexual Abuse I: You and a date are at a movie. You
touch your date's buttocks, crotch or breast. Your date tells you
to stop. You ignore this and touch your date there again. You go
to prison for 6+ years.
- Kidnapping II: You hear that someone is messing
with your friend. You go to their house and force them outside to
beat them up. You go to prison for 5+ years.
- Manslaughter I: You are driving under the influence
of alcohol, drugs and/or inhalants. You cause an accident and
someone dies. You go to prison for 10 years.
Here is a list of all the Measure 11 crimes and how long you will
stay in prison if you are found guilty. No probation! No
parole! No early release! Just prison.
- Robbery II (5/10)
- Robbery I (7/6)
- Sexual Abuse I (6/3)
- Unlawful Sexual Penetration II (6/3)
- Unlawful Sexual Penetration I (8/4)
- Sodomy II (6/3)
- Sodomy I (8/4)
- Rape II (6/3)
- Rape I (8/4)
- Kidnapping II (5/10)
- Kidnapping I (7/6)
- Assault II (5/10)
- Assault I (7/6)
- Manslaughter II (6/3)
- Manslaughter I (10)
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder (7/5)
- Attempted Murder (7/5)
- Murder (25)
- Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder (10)
- Attempted Aggravated Murder (10)
- Aggravated Murder (30 to life)
Think first! Remember, no probation, no parole, no
early release! Just prison.
There Are No Criminals, Just Broken
People wouldn't abuse others if they hadn't been abused. We tend to
forgive women criminals easier, often using the abuse that happened
to them as an excuse, and give them probation more often or shorter
sentences for the same crimes. There seems to be more tolerance for
women abusing men (slapping, hitting, ridiculing, shaming) and it
plays out in our movies and on our school playgrounds. (See TV Violence).
We also tend to label people rather than their behaviors. You're an
abuser, molester, alcoholic, bad person. Some women (and men) writers
believe that all men are rapists. (For the men that say this, thank
goodness they are admitting that they are rapists so that we know to
protect the women that come around them.) The mere statement says
that no matter what I do, how much work I do as a man, I'm still seen
as a rapist in their eyes. It doesn't give me permission to become a
better man. Versus acknowledging the behavior as unacceptable and
noting that it is separate from their soul. Shame doesn't bring about
healthy change. Acknowledging that the person is good and that a
behavior is not acceptable, changes the way people think about
themselves and the possibility for change becomes easier. This
process of shaming starts at a very early age when parents,
religions, schools and society tell children they are bad. While many
of us received this in childhood, and it takes a lot of awareness to
not pass it on, we must stop our shaming process of our children, and
teach our children not to shame and make fun of other children that
appear different than them. (Don't
Laugh at Me.) In actuality, adults and children who shame others
are really telling us all how inadequate they are and the lengths
they will go to to deflect these weaknesses off on others.
"3-Strikes"? Why Not "2nd Chance"?
Why we're attached to baseball terms to look at the punishment of
criminals, I don't know. Giving the message to a first time offender
that they may have two more opportunities to continue criminal acts
(and how many people will be taken advantage of or be killed by the
time this criminal is apprehended), the "Three Strikes and your Out"
analogy seems to be at least one too many strikes for society's good
and to impact the dramatic increase in crime that society is
Understandably, there are crimes that are an immediate "out" with
no chance of parole. However, there are crimes where we hope the
criminal has learned a lesson and won't repeat that or another
criminal offense. I think it would even be a great idea to
reestablish a felons voting privilege after successfully completing
their time. Sort of a bonus. We're willing to put other people's
safety and even lives at stake hoping that the criminal has been
rehabilitated. However, if they are a repeater, why not stop there.
They had a "2nd Chance" and blew it. That's it. No more chances. No
more danger to society. And voting privileges are then gone
I think a "2nd Chance" concept would make potential criminals more
aware that they'd better get it together the first time out because
there isn't going to be another opportunity to commit a crime and get
2006 Saw Leap in U.S. Prison
The U.S. prison population rose 2.8 percent in the 12-month period
ending on June 30, 2006, ensuring that the United States continues to
have more people in prison than any nation on Earth.
U.S. Department of Justice
reported that prisons added more than 62,000 new inmates, for a total
of roughly 2.245 million people behind bars. The increase was the
largest reported in the last six years.
Record numbers of drug offenders, as well as strict sentencing
laws and high crime rates, were factors in the increase, experts
said. The Bureau of Justice Statistics said that the state prison
population rose 3 percent, while jail populations rose 2.5 percent.
In federal prisons, the population rose 3.6 percent.
Why Over 200,000 African-Americans Could
Not Vote in Florida
While charges fly over the handful of votes that will declare our
next president, there is scant commentary about the 647,100 U.S.
citizens who were denied the right to vote in Florida in the last and
still contested election.
Our fierce belief in the unalienable right of citizens to select
their own leaders is one of the great hallmarks of American
Democracy. And, like many noble visions, it has taken a lot of
sacrifice and courage to bring that vision forth. Since the American
Revolution our small tent of democracy has steadily grown. Granted at
first solely to the white male Founders, the vote has since been
extended to former slaves, Native Americans, women, the less
literate, the landless, the poor, and others initially denied citizen
In Florida today, however, over 5 percent of the adult population
are not allowed to vote. This largely covert repeal of suffrage
rights includes roughly one-in-three African-American men. Florida
undercuts their constituency more severely than any other state.
Following Governor Jeb Bush's Florida, Governor George Bush's Texas
has the nation's second largest group of disenfranchised voters.
Between these two states alone, over 1.2 million citizens, including
more than a 1/3 of a million African Americans, are banned from the
voting booth because of felony convictions on their records, most for
small quantity drug crimes.
Disenfranchisement practices, like sentencing guidelines, vary
widely from state to state. Some citizens regain their right to vote
in time, but in Florida many lose that unique herald of democracy for
life. In many states even felons only sentenced to probation or those
honorably discharged from parole can be stripped of their civil
rights. The American Revolution was fought over similar injustices
perpetrated against the "unrepresented" colonial subjects of King
Nationwide, almost 4 million adults today, a third of them
African-Americans, are subjected to this statutory gerrymandering.
Many elections are decided by smaller margins. Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall noted that disenfranchisement laws originated, "in
the fogs and fictions of feudal jurisprudence." But most of us
imagine that 21st century American Justice could evolve beyond the
European norms of the Middle Ages. Supreme Court Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist observes that, historically, these laws were
deliberately "enacted with the intent of disenfranchising blacks."
Given that most African-Americans voted Democratic in the last
election, the face of American politics would dramatically shift were
these barriers to voter participation finally torn down.
We are the only industrial democracy to disenfranchise massive
voting blocks from the electorate. Rather than leading the free world
today, we now trail it by a shocking distance on this account. The
few nations that do practice voter disenfranchisement do so only
toward those few who, through acts of terrorism, treason or other
such crimes, demonstrate contempt for the democratic process itself.
South Africa, for example, another nation with a troubled history of
black and white race relations, does not deny the vote to felons or
even to incarcerated prisoners. By comparison, it seems grotesque to
sentence an American youth caught with fifteen dollars worth of drugs
to lifelong exile from a participatory government. The practice of
disenfranchisement does not encourage the marginalized to ever
embrace the system or attempt to work within it. If anything, it
breeds contempt for the law and cynicism about our capacity for
justice and a truly representative democracy. Let us resolve to do
something before the next election to restore our nation to one in
which the people, all the people, decide who will rule and how.
(Statistical sources for this article include: The Human Rights
Watch; The Sentencing Project and The ACLU).
Dr. Aaron Kipnis is a psychology professor in Santa Barbara and
author of Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can
Help, Bad Boys Become Good Men." For more information please visit
Gender Bias Okayed by Circuit Court
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals puts it stamp of approval on bias
against men in sentencing. A district judge had earlier concluded
that prosecutors treated men more harshly than women when both were
accused of being drug couriers. One Arizona study showed that prison
sentences for men are longer and that 35% of women got probation
without prison, compared to only 11% of men. Nevertheless, the
Appeals Court said prosecutors should be given "extreme deferences"
and "appropriate respect" when they decide to charge one person (men)
and let another (women) off. The court told the district judge that
the sentences he gave three men were too low. He had given them lower
sentences to make them comparable to the sentencing of women. The
court ordered him to raise the sentences. So much for equal
protection under the law.
Most murder cases cleared
In 2004, law enforvement agencies nationally "cleared," or resolved,
46.3% of violent crimes through arrests. Violent crimes cleared, by
- Murder - 62.6%
- Aggravated assault - 55.6%
- Rape - 41.8%
- Robbery - 26.2%
Source: USA Today
Statistical Abstract The National Data Book
Crimes and crime rates
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Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. There is no such
thing as concealment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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