Most enhancements are not serious, evidence-based proposals. Bills increasing penalties for crimes are to legislators what poetry is to the artist - a written form of self expression. It's a way legislators say, "This is what I stand for. This is what I'm against." Well, who isn't against child molestation? That's hardly the point if jacked up penalties make family members less likely to report crimes.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Bills increasing penalties for crimes are to legislators what poetry is to the artist
This is from a blog comment I left over at Shaine Mata's Session 80 with reference to Jessica's Law, which is up again this afternoon for debate on the House floor. But it applies to most bills increasing criminal penalties: