There has been story, after story, after story, about how convicted pedophiles and rapists who were released re-offended shortly after re-entering society. The majority opinion of psychologists seems to be that pedophiles cannot be rehabilitated from their sickening fetishes. So why do we continue to release these animals back into society? Where are the mandatory minimum sentences for these creeps?
Instead the criminal justice system is satisfied with the idea of registering convicted sex offenders and putting their information on the internet. ‘There’s just no room to house them’ they say. We put signs on their yards or give them pink license plates. Yeah, I feel so much safer letting my kids play outside and go to school. I can spend all my time checking the internet to see if any of these pieces of human debris are in my neighborhood and keep them away from cars with pink plates. As offensive as that is, the ACLU steps in and says the pedophile’s civil rights are being violated. What about my kids’ rights?
I have a better idea: why not move the consensual criminals (i.e. druggies, prostitutes, gamblers etc.) to the end of the court’s docket and put the pedophiles, rapists and murderers in the very front? If we do not have enough space in the prison why not let some of the consensual criminals out and allow the worst of our society to take their place? Seems like a practical solution to me.
You tell me who deserves to do time more. Here are three actual criminal cases. The first one is the story of two young brothers who got caught in the web that is the war on drugs. The second case involves a pedophile who has been sentenced to five years in prison, and the third case deals with a rapist who re-offended after being paroled twice.
Case #1 Lamont H. Garrison
Offense: powder cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy
Sentence: 19 years
Lawrence B. Garrison
Offense: powder cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy
Sentence: 15 years
Tito Abea, the proprietor of an autobody shop in Maryland, was arrested as a major player in a large, 20-person powder and crack cocaine operation. In order to get a reduction from the hefty prison term he was facing, Abea was asked to implicate others in the conspiracy. Two of the people he implicated were twin brothers Lawrence and Lamont Garrison. Abea testified that he supplied the Garrisons with 1-2 kilos of cocaine every week for 10 weeks in 1996, and then again in 1997. Soon, other conspirators were following Abea's lead and testifying that they had seen some of these transactions take place...
According to Lawrence and Lamont, their contact with Abea had to do with his business; they were having extensive work done on their grandmother's car and the mechanic's phone wasn't working, so they would call Abea's adjacent autobody shop, and he would hand the phone to the mechanic. The twins' mother and uncle both say this is true since they, too, often called and inquired about the car...
There were no drugs, drug paraphernalia, or other evidence of drugs found on the Garrisons or in their house. There was never any record at all of them selling drugs, other than testimonies from the known and now-convicted drug dealers in the conspiracy. And there was no proof that like the other defendants, Lawrence or Lamont "derived money and other benefits" from two years of drug-dealing.
(Source: Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Click here to read the rest of the story)
Case #2 James Fredrick Shouldis Sr.
Offense: 1 count of sexual abuse
Priors: Not reported
Sentence: 5 years
A Loxley man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl but will remain free while he appeals his conviction. Prosecutors alleged that James Fredrick Shouldis Sr., 57, touched the girl -- whom he knew -- in a sexual manner on at least two occasions in 2001. On March 3 of this year, a jury convicted him on one count of sexual abuse…
At trial, prosecutors played a phone conversation Shouldis had with the girl's mother. Baldwin County sheriff's deputies recorded and listened to the conversation...
Shouldis never admitted to the sexual abuse in the phone conversation, but did say he was "sorry," and "it was stupid," according to Tanya Hallford Roseony, a special prosecutor with the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office.
At least nine times during the call, however, Shouldis told the girl's mother, "It will never happen again," Roseony said.
(Source: Mobile Register. “Man gets 5 years for sex abuse”. Click here to read the rest of the story)
Case #3 Larry Sharp
Offense: Allegedly sexually assaulted an elderly woman 2005
Priors: Rape 1987 paroled in 1991, discharged from parole in 1994 Aggravated battery with a weapon 1999; 5 year sentence paroled in 2001 and discharged from parole in 2002
Sentence: Under investigation
Convicted rapist Larry Sharp recently went on the prowl again, authorities say.
The first time, his victim was six months pregnant. This time, his target was a 77-year-old woman he lived alongside at a south suburban nursing home, prosecutors say.
Sharp, 54, allegedly groped the elderly woman in her room on two occasions early Monday at Mercy Health Care Rehab Center in Homewood.
Around 4 a.m., he closed her door and started to grab her in "the crotch
area," an arrest report states. She started yelling, and he left.
Only after Sharp was in custody did nursing home staff learn he had served time for rape and, later, aggravated battery…
Sharp isn't on the online registry because his conviction came in 1987, well before the state required sex offenders to report their home addresses to police.
In late 1986, he lured the pregnant woman into the basement of her Chicago apartment building by turning off fuses in her unit, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine.
"He approached her from behind with a two-by-four, threatened her life and the life of her unborn child, and then sexually assaulted her," Stanton said.
(Source: Chicago Sun Times. “Convicted rapist held in sex assault”. Click here to read the rest of the story)
Who should we make room for?
These are three examples I found on the web. In all three of these examples, justice was not done. Lamont Garrison’s prison sentence is nearly 5 times longer than that of Larry Sharp, the convicted rapist. Lamont’s brother, Lawrence is doing 3 times more time than the convicted child molester, James Shouldis. Let’s not forget, the child who Shouldis molested was only 7 years old!
Those of you who read my blog who believe we should continue to fight this losing war on drugs effectively allowing rapists and child molesters to walk our streets, I want to hear from you. Before you respond, please read my post Anyone Who Believes America is Winning the War on Drugs Must be High so you can further understand my reasoning behind my admittedly radical position. The debate of the war on drugs aside, isn’t it time we took another look at our criminal justice priorities?
Tracking Bracelet Not the Same as Jail Cell by T.F. Stern