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Should Not the Punishment Fit the Crime?

• Free Press Publications
We often hear the phrase “the punishment should fit the crime,” and I'm quite certain that many people believe that to be a cornerstone of common law. It is certainly the primary concept of retributive justice, and is contrasted by the legal theory of utilitarianism; “the doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority.” While I'm no expert on the concept of utilitarianism, I would suspect that the theory has been used more often than not by the supporters of the drug war. On September 4, 2013, 27 year-old Corey Ladd was sentenced “to 20 years hard labor at the [Louisiana] Department of Corrections.” Ladd's dastardly offense that landed him in the clink for 2 decades was possession of 15 grams of cannabis.

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Comment by Robert Staeheli
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 That fact should apply to all crime.  Leithal injection is not the punishment for murder,  The death should come in the same fassion as was done to the victium. If stabbed, shot, drowned etc. and the public should be made to watch. This is what happens when you misbehave,

A wipping post at half time at the Supper Bowl for violent teenagers.