So because people are upset about the Casey Anthony verdict they're now trying to pass a law
as a bandaid solution that they think will stop this from happening again.
Bad. Idea. Why? Two words: Three Strikes.
That law was also
passed in the wake of the deaths of children that people were outraged about, and do you know what it did? Made it possible for people in California to get life sentences for property crimes and speeding tickets
and took away the judge's right of discretion in sentencing, meaning they have to give life sentences to people they know don't deserve it. It's largely responsible for why California's prison system is so royally fucked and why a lot of people who really shouldn't be in there are in there for life. It's done far
more harm than good.
Three Strikes is a bad law, and it got pushed through the legislature because people were angry and didn't take the time to fix the problems with it, which could have been done easily
. All they had to do was change it so it only applied to violent crimes, but no, they didn't because they didn't want to be seen as "soft on crime". And they won't fucking fix it for the same reasons, so they're going to continue to have their prison system get fucked.
I understand anger, especially when it comes to children being hurt or killed, but do not use it as an excuse to make bad laws
. Do not push them through without debate, that breaks the system where they're supposed to be debated and carefully considered before being codified. Some, if not most, of the worst laws in this country were passed when that process was eschewed in the name of outrage.Think
, people, THINK!