ToadBrother Posted October 27, 2009 Report Share Posted October 27, 2009 I don't care what it costs.The lax parole laws in Canada have made sentences a farce for decades. What the story you quoted failed to mention is that parole is almost guaranteed after 1/3 of sentence is served for non-violent offenders, inc drug dealers and fraud artists. What is the point of having a judge decide on a proper sentence when the parole board will automatically release after 1/3rd is served? That is on top of the fact that sentences for many of these people are a joke to begin with. Fraud is rising, esp through the use of various internet schemes. I read an article the other day that estimated the world-wide losess to phishing schemes alone were about $2 trillon These are really two separate issues. White collar crime has for a long time flown under the radar. The US is tougher on it, at least as far as grand larceny goes, but still, there's a lot of smaller frauds like bouncing cheques that often elicits relatively small penalties. The parole laws are pretty goofy. The "time served" nonsense was always a ludicrous farce, and a rather insulting one. I realize the underlying rationale has everything to do with jail space, despite all the cry that it's all about reintegrating convicts. Governments frequently try to put a humane spin on bean counting exercises. I don't see why someone like, say Earl Jones, shouldn't get a sentence of eighty years or whatever. This guy destroyed peoples lives. He stole their life savings, violated their trust, and all to enrich himself and his family. Under current laws, we'd be lucky to see the guy spend seven years in prison. The one thing nobody can argue about with Madoff is that his dying in prison is a bad thing, so why the hell should we ever let Jones out of prison? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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