2 years ago1,000+ Views
You have got to be kidding me. Like, I don't even know if I have the energy to take any of this serious. And the tragedy of all this is that the State of Louisiana is VERY SERIOUS about sending a man who allegedly stole $31 worth of candy bars to prison for no less than 20 years, up to life behind bars!
As reported by MSN, Jacobia Grimes, 34, found guilty of theft previously, has been indicted again for a similar charge. Except, this time, New Orleans wants to send Grimes away for a long, long time. According to a 2012 article, the average cost to house a convicted criminal in the State of Louisiana is $17,486.
The minimum sentence of 20 years comes to $349,720. Assuming, for arguments sake, that Grimes is sent to prison for life and lives to be 75 years old, (he's 34 now), that would cost Louisiana taxpayers at least $716,926.
I want to be clear that I am not making an argument for his guilt or innocence. My point is that there is no justice! Yet again, the punishment does not fit the crime. Especially, when convicted child molesters, convicted murderers, corrupt cops and the like, get off easy.
Don't believe me? If you click here, you will learn that you won't spend ANY MORE than 20 years in prison if you sexually assault a minor between the ages of 0 and 10 years old. Grimes, who is accused of stealing about 24 candy bars, will see 20 years or MORE for his crime.
In the meantime, it's a crime to steal $31 worth of goods from a store, but it's not a crime to steal almost a million dollars from taxpayers?!?!?!
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It's true @deilig. he's stolen before.
2 years ago·Reply
makes sense
2 years ago·Reply
It's true that our prison system is currently ABSURDLY expensive. The reason it's allowed to go on like this because there are people profiting from it (off the backs of the taxpayers no less). It allows companies to circumvent the minimum wage by paying people incarcerated cents per hour instead of dollars (those profits don't go back to the taxpayer either- it just means there are fewer paying legal jobs). Plus, even though people incarcerated can't vote in 48 states, they're still counted. So if you need a population boost in a district that supports you, just open up a prison. Maybe only 5% of the people living there will vote for you (because only 5% can legally vote) but you'll get a district that's weighed much heavier as a result.
2 years ago·Reply
Reading this @shannon15 just makes me want to puke all over again! UGH! What is wrong with this picture?!?!?! UGH
2 years ago·Reply
@marshalledgar SO MANY THINGS ARE WRONG. It's such a nightmare. And so many politicians benefit from it so they have no intention of changing it.
2 years ago·Reply