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Brock Turner, Bill Cosby driving California sex-crime lawmaking

After decades of tough-on-crime policies that swelled California prisons to the point that they had to be depopulated under a Supreme Court order, support has mounted for rethinking criminal punishment. Full Article

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People in this country have some sort of group addiction to punishing other people. They know they have more pressing things to spend money on than more prisons, like halting the increasing infant mortality rate or keeping the roads and water pipes from crumbling away, but nothing gives them the rush like seeing an offender caged. Nonetheless, they decide to let a handful of drug offenders free, give themselves a liberal pat on the back, but immediately increase the sentences on sx offenses. It is like they think they are controlling their alcoholism by holding off on the whiskey for a day and choosing to drink vodka.
I am afraid they will have to hit bottom, like the Germans did in the thirties, before anything changes.

Your average low-brow America is addicted to outrage, justice, controversy and punishment. Just look at all the crime dramas, court TV shows and the so-called “Justice Network” that John Walsh played a huge part in creating.

“Rape culture” now enters the lexicon along with pervert, predator and pedophile. Fox News loves to use these terms in broadcasts because it stokes fear and hate = rating$$$

Hate, fear and revenge is like a drug to most people. Walsh even used that to his advantage with the “America fights back” nonsense.

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