Hoseman - perhaps this is just a snapshot of the way the law abiding citizens of this country feel across the nation as a whole.
I've said it before and I will say it again - the police and the court system get lambasted about how many people "get off" lightly and have charges dropped completely. Ultimately, it is not up to them - their hands are tied. The Government lay down the protocol and guidelines that they have to follow.
It's just easier for people to say it's their fault.
I think it would be good for the victims to decide the punishment meted out - I know had I had the chance I would have done, but my punishment for the individual would have been a long, slow and very torturous one!
What we do need, IMO, is a justice system which is exactly that! None of this 2 to a cell with tv, dvd's, xplaycubeboxes, 3 square meals, exercise in gyms etc - give them 3 meals a day but basic ones, 5-10 to a cell, one bucket between them, 1 hour a day out of the cells (20mins per meal), no tv, no nothing!!
Each sentence to be exact to the second i.e. a 10 year term is 10 years in prison, no time off for "good" behaviour, no taking remand into it - you were on remand because you obviously did enough to warrant it!
For the clear cut cases, bring back capital punishment!
I'm sorry if this offends anyone who may have been inside, or has family that have but I have been on the receiving end of a serious crime and I live that every day!! When does my "time" end??
If you can't face the time, don't do the crime!
Sometimes Police Officers give more than just speeding tickets!
Itís hard to be fit as a fiddle when youíre shaped like a cello!