Present penalties not enough


Criminals who should be jailed for life are getting away with murder.
Criminals who should be jailed for life are getting away with murder.

BRUTAL assaults, car jackings, child sex slaves, men and women murdered in their own homes reflect an ever-increasing incidence of violence.

Present penalties imposed on violent offenders do not reflect the severity of their crimes. Moreover, they usually serve a fraction of the original sentence.

Those involved in sentencing and parole would be elected officials who face scrutiny at the ballot box.

A minimum life sentence for murder should mean for the term of the perpetrator’s natural life.

As it is, violent, often recidivist offenders once released still have a life to live, even to commit other violent crimes.

Life is something their victims have had taken from them.

The sad thing is that governments continue to display apathy and indifference towards their constituents’ safety and wellbeing.

JOHN SEOTIS, Stirling.