I’ve been overdue a ranty post for a little while now and well what has got my brain in a little tornado this time you ask? (or don’t ask but happen to be reading the words!) The lastest life sentences debate is what has got the fingers tapping away faster than the eyes can see what is on this post!
So…if I heard the news correct, the EU is looking to see whether someone or country has broken some human rights legislation on the imposition of life sentences for criminals who have been convicted of serious offences and been handed a jail term of life.
Now, we all know that jail terms are not generally adhered to and the cynic in me tends to halve whatever sentence is handed down to someone. Do I like the concept? No. Do I agree with the concept? No. The old addage of do the crime pay the time used to mean what it said. Sadly, that is no longer the case.
So, back to these life term sentences. Apparently, giving someone in their 20’s a life term for the very clearly serious crime they committed is against their human rights as by the time they are 70, their circumstances may have changed. Yes, they have got older and should have thought about what they were doing before they committed the act of murder, rape etc etc.
( I ask the following questions with respect but to make the point I am about to make).
Did they think of the victim’s human rights when they killed them or whatever awful thing they did to the victim? No!
Is the victim’s circumstances going to change in 50 years time? No!
So why should someone who took the right to life away from someone else be afforded the priviledge of being free after being found guilty in a court of law? I don’t get it! I honestly don’t!
Would love to hear your views on this!