Saturday, March 18, 2006

Where does 9 years equal 20 years?

JusticeIn the criminal justice system of course!

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World News - Dungeon Rape Suspect Captured in South Carolina Where "life" can be as little as 8 years, 20 years did not add up to 20 years.
Hinson, who was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1991, served 9 years of a twenty year sentence. Just before his release from prison in 2000 Hinson was recommended for the state's sexually violent predator program, but was rejected during the screening process, the state attorney general's office said.

"We thought then that the judge made a mistake," state Attorney General Henry McMaster said. "This man was sentenced to 20 years. Had that 20 years meant 20 years, he'd still be in jail now, and this wouldn't have happened," he told FOXNews.
Why do we bother to have people sentenced to 20 years? Why don't just make it 9 years to begin with? Why not make 9 years = 9 years? (or 20 = 20?) So much for truth in government. [via Romeocat]

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