David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Friday, March 24, 2006

Sentencing of sex predators

THOMAS SOWELL: SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

HORRIFYING stories about the rapes and murders of children, and about judges who go easy on sex offenders who prey on the young, have prompted some legislatures to tighten laws by restricting the judges' sentencing discretion.

Few in the media or among the intelligentsia have been as outraged about these sadistic crimes against children as they have about whether terrorists' phone calls have been intercepted.

Part of this is current politics but part is the continuation of a tradition that goes back more than two centuries, de-emphasizing the punishment of criminals.

People who today point to the flaws of "society" as the "root causes" of crime are echoing what was said in the 18th century by Condorcet in France and William Godwin in England, among others. So are those who speak loftily of "alternatives to incarceration" or who rely on hopes of "rehabilitation." Those with this mindset engage in much hand-wringing about what to do with sexual predators. While many ordinary people would say that they should be locked up -- and, if they are too dangerous to be at large, we should lock them up and throw away the key.

But those whose sense of themselves is based on their presumed superiority to ordinary people can never go along with that. They balk at notifying the public when a convicted sex predator is released to a neighborhood. Their thinking -- if it can be called that -- is that sex predators released from prison have "paid their debt to society" and so the slate should be wiped clean. It is amazing how many innocent lives have been sacrificed for a half- baked phrase.

Going to jail doesn't repay anything. People are put behind bars as punishment and to keep them out of circulation. Child victims of rape and murder cannot be made whole. The debt can never be repaid. The most we can hope for is to spare other children and their parents from the anguish inflicted by evil people -- not "sick" people, but evil people. Sex predators know exactly what they are doing, know that it is wrong, and either don't care or enjoy it all the more for that reason.

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