Reduce the Prison Population, but Jail Violent Criminals Longer – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic
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But his attackers kept up the assault. One repeatedly kicked the off-duty paramedic in the head. He was lucky to survive. After arriving at the hospital, he was put into a medically induced coma. He’d stay in professional care facilities for two years. He could’ve stayed longer, but his insurance money ran out.
Now he lives at his parents’ house.
For the rest of his life, he will suffer from brain damage and require caregivers. He was beaten so severely that, forever more, he’ll need to wear an adult diaper. “He has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Yet the men who nearly beat him to death, when sentenced Thursday, got just four and eight years in prison. This despite the fact that both “had previous felony convictions, including one case each of domestic violence.”
The man who got the four-year sentence would’ve walked out of jail today, given time served for the 2011 attack as well as reductions due to prison overcrowding in California, but for the fact that the two attackers will now stand trial on federal weapons charges by a lucky fluke. (They weren’t armed at the time of the attack. But a search of their homes yielded a stash of five guns hidden in an attic that allegedly belonged to one man but were being held by the other. Neither is allowed to possess firearms because they’re both convicted felons.) If found guilty on the federal gun charge, each man could face up to 10 more years in a federal prison.
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As a little L libertarian, there should be the concept of “restitution”.
How do these two thugs restore their victim?
It would seem reasonable that they should have their lives “restrained” like their victim.
Maybe in a prison like Devil’s Island!
Gooferment’s only job is to protect. In this case, it failed.
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