A murder will affect a victim and the victim's family forever, so a life sentence would be applied in that case.

A person who steals from their company might impact that company's profits for anywhere from 1-20 years depending on the circumstances, so a case involving that would lead to a sentence of no more than 20 years.

Obviously it couldn't be used as an absolute, or in every case, but would it be a good factor to weigh in when a judge decides a sentence? Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Should the amount of time a victim will suffer because of a crime have any bearing on sentencing?
A murder will affect a victim and the victim`s family forever, so a life sentence would be applied in that case.

A person who steals from their company might impact that company`s profits for anywhere from 1-20 years depending on the circumstances, so a case involving that would lead to a sentence of no more than 20 years.

Obviously it couldn`t be used as an absolute, or in every case, but would it be a good factor to weigh in when a judge decides a sentence?


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16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 10:21:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think that would be a great way to determine the sentance. Make the criminal suffer for at least as long as his victim did.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 10:23:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
The concept probably only works right with real persons and not also with companies and the like (can a company suffer?).
Anyway, there's much too much 'an eye for an eye' in this one for me.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 10:26:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
So the perpetrator of a crime should suffer LESS than his victim?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 11:10:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
In some cases I think this would be right.
For example if you run over my dog with your car I might be scarred for life and never really get over it. Would that mean that you should be sentenced to lifetime damnation?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 11:13:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/22/2006 11:10:33 AM Matthias wrote:
In some cases I think this would be right. For example if you run over my dog with your car I might be scarred for life and never really get over it. Would that mean that you should be sentenced to lifetime damnation?

Anyone who runs over a dog, specifically, should be rewarded with a thousand dollars. Bad example, I hate dogs.
But if you kill someone, you should never get out. If you rape someone, you should also never get out. If you just steal something, you should be in jail until they recover financially. <-- a person, not a corporation. For corporate crimes, I think it should be different.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 11:34:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
So if I steal from a millionaire who doesn't need to recover financially and doesn't even really suffer from that loss at all I should not be sentenced to jail for as long as I take from some middle class guy?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 11:43:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just kill them all.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/22/06 - 1:49:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/22/2006 11:43:56 AM rosewomersle wrote:
Just kill them all.

Indeed
16 yrs ago - Thursday 5/25/06 - 11:20:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think the length of sentences is pretty stupid - in the UK, a 'life sentence' is about 15 years :S how long do they expect people to live nowadays?
16 yrs ago - Thursday 5/25/06 - 11:47:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is a stupidly reductionist way of seeing the way justice should be administrated. It dosnt take in account the intent of the perpetrator, it dosnt take into accont the gravity of suffering of the victim; only the "lenth". Most crimes against a person would be ackloedged as having life long consequences. Like the US didnt imprison enough of its citizens as it is already...
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/12/06 - 5:11:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
It depends on the crime. I mean, rapists aren't sentenced to live in prison, but they're victims will suffer for life. But somebody who kills somebody in a car accident will effect somebody for life, but getting into a car is a risk. He shouldn't be punished for life just because the family will grieve for the rest of their lives.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/12/06 - 5:11:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
^I swear that made more sense in my head.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/23/06 - 12:23:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds alright I guess.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 12:00:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/12/2006 5:11:36 AM invisiblegrl wrote:
^I swear that made more sense in my head.

dont you hate when that happens? i do that all the time.


and thats a good type of law for punishments.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 1:21:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know, maybe. It sounds like a good plan to me.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 6:32:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think that the sentence should have anything to do with how much time the victim will suffer.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/4/07 - 5:19:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think the punishment fits the crime that way.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/7/07 - 5:27:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
NO NO NO!... This whole concept is riddled with holes.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/3/08 - 5:50:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/22/2006 11:13:11 AM cryndigo wrote:
If you just steal something, you should be in jail until they recover financially. <-- a person, not a corporation. For corporate crimes, I think it should be different.

What if they purposely take longer to recover so you'll stay in jail longer? There are holes that need to be worked out.



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