I NOTE with grave concern that again a victim is to pay the full price for the actions of criminals, and these same criminals will suffer almost nothing beyond minor retribution in order to appease those who believe criminals should be “counselled” instead of punished.
In the latest incidence, it appears the family of a murdered woman will now have to suffer further and plead for money to give the poor woman a decent burial.
The louts responsible will almost certainly not be helping in any way, and when eventually they are again free to prey upon our society, will not be required to compensate the family they destroyed.
I am from that age when prison meant far more than discomfort, and the penalty for breaking the law was instant and severe.
If I had the power I would force the culprits and their parents to surrender all of their possessions to pay funeral costs, and furthermore, the cost of support and education of the children would be an ongoing charge against any income these criminals may acquire.
On a similar, albeit less important issue, I would apply similar conditions against those who stole/destroyed the property of others.
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