Life in Prison for Shoplifting Under 3 Strikes Law | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin remarks on a recent ACLU report highlighting the shockingly high number of people serving life sentences without parole for non-violent crime, calling out state laws that leave judges without options when setting these mandatory sentences.

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8 Comments on "Life in Prison for Shoplifting Under 3 Strikes Law | Brainwash Update"

  1. Hadrian999 | Nov 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm |

    If I had 2 strikes I think i would go big, robbing armored cars, banks. I mean come on if the next thing you get popped for has the same penalty no matter what it is why waste time shoplifting

    • I suppose that “thinking it through” isn’t this guy’s strong suit, but if were, he should probably have swindled billions through fraudulent financial transactions.

      Then he could give a fraction of the loot to the DOJ and avoid criminal prosecution entirely. (It worked for JP Morgan Chase, surely it would work for this guy too.)

      But as you suggest, whatever he decided to do he should have gone big.

  2. Lincoln Chase | Nov 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm |

    If citizens are not currently, constantly, viciously revolting against their government concerning tyranny, then they deserve tyranny. t’s as simple as that. Not complicated.

  3. What would be better is for these folks to go to kleptomaniac therapy with community service. The laws are too draconian.

  4. Justice is served.
    Them private prisons ain’t gonna fill themselves, you know.

  5. InfvoCuernos | Nov 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm |

    My room mate just got a “third strike” and it was a doozy-bank robery, home invasion, kidnapping, grand theft auto, sticking chewing gum under a park bench- you name it, she did it. I suspect she didn’t want to miss the annual holloween bash at the county correctional facility. Some people really do become “institutionalized” and can’t stand living outside. Three Strikes is saving all of us from them, but at the same time, I think that BS charges like shoplifting shouldn’t count toward this. Our law enforcement/penile system needs a major overhaul, but we all know that.

  6. I don’t know about you but I feel safe.
    So safe. Safer than ever.

  7. Alan Morse Davies | Nov 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm |

    The obvious answer (as someone else has pointed out) would be the need to fill private prisons, but from the most recent data I could find (2011), only 3.7% of the U.S. prison population is in private prisons.

    List of countries by incarceration rate:

    The U.S. is 4 and a bit times more prisony than England or Canada.

    List of U.S. states by incarceration rate:

    Louisiana is 10 times more prisony than China.

    Is it post-civil rights racism in the guise of sentencing guidelines? The guidelines appear to apply to all but for that to be egalitarian in real life the police would need to treat all perpetrators of a particular crime equally.

    Is it voter suppression?

    Sorry for the lack of focus in this argument but I’m truly mystified as to how a three time shoplifter (as I am, not caught though 30 years ago) can be equated (in terms of personal or societal harm) to a murderer and then get locked up for life.

    I’m going with British-American Christian cognitive dissonance as a driver… it does create a lot of crazy… I particularly like how in rich/poor, hate/love, winner/loser the opposite of what Jesus says becomes truly Christian. I don’t even believe in the man!

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