No Justice, No Peace…
April 9, 2008 10 Comments
by the squid
I watched the morning news today. There was a segment about the group of girls viscously beating up another girl to make a YouTube video.
Amongst the interviewers, someone posed the question: Why would you record yourself committing a crime and then post it on the internet for all to see?
A rational thought, if The Squid says so himself.
However, I have to think that in this land of instant celebrity, lack of personal responsibility, lack of respect for laws, as well as unbalanced penalties within the justice system, teens and young adults simply have no thought, or clue, of penalty or prosecution.
Case in point, two blondes walk into a bank….and rob it of $11,000 and go on a shopping spree. Once caught and convicted, one is sentenced to ten years probation, the other two years in jail and eight years probation.
Last I checked, robbing a bank was a federal offense worthy of some serious jail time.
“Penalties for bank robbery are usually quite high, and rarely inspire leniency from the judge. If you are convicted of bank robbery without using a firearm, the maximum penalty is twenty years in prison. If, however, the bank robber is armed, the maximum penalty is 25 years.”
Both made plea deals, but even the plea deals offered seem awfully light. Where is the penalty? What is the message the justice system is sending? Is the system saying that robbing banks is not that high a crime?
In New York, people are sentenced to decades of prison time for having possession of small amounts of drugs. Lives ruined because of a lack of judgment, a lack of judgment mind you, that many had during their college years (i.e., having small amounts of drugs in their possession).
I will not bring in the race or gender issue into this, because I feel that would really lessen the argument. I do feel that lax penalties will breed more wanton disregard for established laws, especially by young girls in this Paris Hilton American society, where a person can offer nothing to general societal fabric and be celebrated for it. So these girls, these “Barbie Bandits,” will get a second chance.
They’ll serve their time during which, they may make amends for their crime, and I hope they do. However, there are people in jail who have committed lesser crimes who are serving much longer sentences.
And to the girls who beat up the other, and posted it, I hope some sort of penalty can be imposed that gives them some sort of conscience.