Mandatory sentences prevent the judge from carrying out his duties and make a mockery of our homicide laws. The life sentence is a mandatory sentence where a person found guilty of murder is not given a sentence but sent to prison without one to be sentenced retrospectively
Justice should not only be done but seen to be done, and the proper place to sentence a convicted prisoner is in the court at the time of the offence when all the evidence is fresh, and where the judge, in all his wisdom and experience, can award an appropriate sentence. Not years later by a secret court called the Parole Board who might consider a person’s behaviour in prison more important than the offence itself.
Homicides are different as chalk and cheese in their seriousness, ranging from pub brawls to the murder of little children. If the judge’s sentencing powers were restored he could award sentences ranging from probation to 99 years and thus satisfy the public‘s desire for retribution.
Why is this idea important?
Firstly my idea is important so that justice is not only done but seen to be done. Also that the Parole Process is an enormous waste of time, where the main criteria of parole is behaviour in prison,when ironically such behaviour is no guarantee that a person will behave in society itself.
Secondly that all prisoners should have a sentence because of the psychological effects of imprisonment without one which leads to mental illness in many inmates.