Yes, I'm deliberately being insensitive as obviously emotion clouds judgement. Thanks for noticing.
This has nothing to do with non violent drug offenders being in jail as this man was violent. You rightly make a complaint about this fellow having been treated as nonviolent when he was in fact violent. Ok, but completely unrelated to the actual issue of putting nonviolent people behind bars. By arguing about this at all, you're trying to conflate one issue (nonviolent drug offenders in jail) with another (violent offenders not being treated harshly enough). They are separate issues. The fact that you try to equate one with the other is exactly what has led to this particular state of affairs (that is, that most of us agree that jailing a nonviolent drug offender is wrong). Ok, we get it, you believe people are sometimes mislabelled. Sure, that's an issue, but you're never going to fix it by arguing that the way to keep violent offenders off the street is by locking up people who are nonviolent. That's just silly.
And finally, since you brought it up so many darn times, what was the end result in your perfect playbook? Let's assume that this fellow had been under state watch, violated his parole, and instantly got sent to jail for 6 months. Now what? I would expect not much would be different if you really think about it. Maybe it wouldn't be your daughter, but somebody would still have gotten hurt in all likelihood. This man hurt your daughter because he was always going to hurt somebody, because he is a person who hurts people. When a person gets off for shoplifting and goes on to commit murder, you can't blame the justice system that let him go on the shoplifting charge. Well, you can, but it doesn't make any sense.
No, I heard all of that. Personally I don't believe that retribution is valid in any case, but that's my moral preference. I also don't believe that prison either rehabilitates or deters, but that's just my opinion. And even you can't argue that as far as segregation for safety goes, the man who hurt your child got what he deserved.
If what you are saying is that he should have been in prison before the fact to prevent him from having hurt your daughter, that's a kind of pretzel logic I'm not going to even indulge.
My point was that your experience doesn't apply to the grandparent's post, which was a snide suggestion that a society which imprisons literally non-violent drug offenders isn't civilized. The only way your experience applies is to further demonstrate a lack of civilization in a society which considers a literally violent person non-violent.
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