Sunday, March 20, 2005

Jessica Lunsford

Child abductions always horrify me, but this one is particularly heart-wrenching for me. The AP reported grisly details of how this monster, this piece of trash broke into the Lunsford family's house, abducted Jessica, violated her, then murdered her.

Am I the only one to notice these details reported yesterday?
Couey has an extensive criminal record that includes 24 burglary arrests, carrying a concealed weapon and indecent exposure. In 1991, he was arrested in Kissimmee on a charge of fondling a child under age 16. Records don't show how the case was resolved.

During a house burglary in 1978, Couey was accused of grabbing a girl in her bedroom, placing his hand over her mouth and kissing her, Dawsy said. Couey was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was paroled in 1980.
How many times must he have been arrested before a judge sentenced him to some real prison time?

What kind of morons are on a parole board that releases him only two years after he sexually assaulted a young girl? What kind of court system allows a man to go free at any time in his natural life after he sexual assaults another child?

I believe there are criminals of such evil, who are predators, that "For the good of society" is enough reason to keep them jailed for life. I believe in severe jail sentences, including the death penalty, and that they deter crime. Severe punishments deter other criminals, but more importantly, they deter currently punished criminals by preventing them from committing more crimes.

Jessica would be alive today had this monster been kept jailed for life.

Update: let me clarify something. I said that the death penalty is too good for this predator, but I do not believe life in prison is a "worse" punishment than execution. I'm thinking something like this is a good start. The Constitutional prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment" for convicted criminals, but where is justice for Jessica Lunsford, who certainly was victimized by cruelty, who received no mercy?


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