Posted by Time-To-Rethink-The-Penal-System, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm
At approximately 35,000 a year (and increasing over time), the 30-year sentence will cost the taxpayers over $1,000,000. To make matters worse, it's difficult to tell if this person is a US citizen, or here illegally.
It's not clear how the US can continue to incarcerate so many people at such extravagant costs (assuming the taxpayers also paid for the trail and the defense attorneys).
Some people are being incarcerated for far fewer years for murder. Maybe it's time to rethink this matter, from the ground up.
Posted by JustMe, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm
He sounds like a violent sexual offender to me. Do you propose he should be let free, to move in to your neighborhood? Or, supposing he is an illegal, should be be deported so that he can just come back illegally? Would you like him free to date your sister or daughter? If you had known the victim personally, you might take a different view.
I agree, our penal system needs revision, but I don't propose emptying the prisions while we re-work the system.
Posted by PJ, a resident of Stanford, on Jan 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Wow. The evidence for rape is so much, between the bruising and lesions that occur internally. There is no way that consensual sex is going to be believed. Sad. I think once they have total proof they should take him out and shoot him.