kingofspain wrote:do you ever feel awkward condemning people as monsters at sentencing when you've never so much as had a conversation with them?
do you ever worry that prison just makes things worse for defendants, and the rest of society when they get out?
do you believe that your work as a prosecutor has a positive effect in terms of rehabilitation or deterrence?
how do you reconcile your support for a system built on retribution/vengeance with 1) the criminogenic effects of poverty, deprivation, mental illness, etc., and 2) disparate enforcement against poor people and people of color?
shouldn't we just legalize all drugs and save everyone the hassle?
"Condemning people as monsters" - First, you need to step out of your fantasy world where people actually use the word "monsters" to describe people. I deal in a world where when you commit a crime you are held responsible for it. You might get probation, you might get prison. But nobody goes around saying, "THIS DEFENDANT IS A MONSTER! WE MUST PROTECT SOCIETY!"
"Prison makes things worse" - Of course i makes Defendant's life worse. That's why NOBODY wants to go to prison. If you got BETTER, then it would be desirable.
"The system is evil" - It'd be great if we lived in a fantasy world where all people needed was Probation and a hug and they'd never commit a crime ever again. Or a world where all you gotta do is give a Defendant drug court and they'll be completely cured of their addiction.
That's not reality. In reality, a Defendant won't successfully complete drug court or probation until THEY DECIDE to do what they are supposed to do. My job is not to help people seek redemption for whatever demons plague them. My job is to hold people accountable for 1) What they did & 2) What the State can prove.
"Drug legalization" - Yes, let's legalize Meth and Crack. Because they have the same affect on people as Weed.
"But it will end violence caused by the black market"
Except it won't. Unless Wal-Mart starts selling and distributing Meth/Crack/Heroin. Then people will continue to go to their street dealer. If 2 street dealers are competing for customers, then you can imagine that they won't settle their differences with a simple handshake.