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Punishment fitting crime

Comment 27th July 2010

I feel that we need some sort of minimum sentence system as perhaps in the US, where as an example for say manslaughter the sentence would be  x years to x + 5 years

Why does this matter?

I feel that this is important because within the last few days almost nominal sentences have been passed on two young men who killed an old man infront of his granchild.

A previous contributer has also referred to similar anomalous sentencing for violent crime.

At the other end of the scale an out of work lorry driver is sentenced to 5 years for trying to sell the Ritz Hotel. Surely a more fitting sentence would be community service and probation?

The public really needs protection from violent criminals, and most of us don't have the Ritz Hotel on our shopping lists!!!!!

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