Over the years I have heard one group after another come up with all kinds of reasons, proofs, and studies claiming that punishment does not deter crime. I don't agree. Do I believe there are too many people incarcerated for non-violent crimes, yes. Do I believe that there are far too many offenses where the punishment is worse than the crime, yes. Do I believe that the Justice-Industrial-Complex is way out of whack, emphatically yes. But I do not agree that harsh punishment, even execution, is a futile deterrent.
Case in point:
A wild scene unfolded in a South Carolina courtroom on Thursday when two former lovers became hysterical after receiving a pair of life sentences for the murder of a three-year-old girl. The defendants, both 25, were living together as a couple in 2009, when police discovered the toddler covered in cuts and bruises, the Charleston Post and Courrier reports. Butts, identified as the child's godmother, was caring for Serenity while her mother, Ieshia Richardson, moved from Detroit.
You will never convince me that anyone who knew these women or their families won't think twice.
In my view, execution would have been a proper sentence for these two. Now, the taxpayers are on the hook for the $2-million or so it's going to take to support this trash for the rest of their lives. I have two three-year-old granddaughters. Had anyone done to them what these women did to that little girl, I would have killed them myself.