WHile I tend to agree with you that at times our justice system is questionable - especially in this case, remember it's the legislative branch that passes the laws that apply to prison terms - like standardized sentencing and maximum sentences etc. Lawyers are trained to drive trucks through the holes in the system and judges then split hairs at trials.
If you want mandatory prison terms with no parole that's fine just let me know when it will start because I will move before that tax increases hit to pay for all those beautiful prisons they will need.
The Judiciary is jut one part of this blame game, but go ahead and try to do standardize sentences - the lawyers in our Legislature like Thom Goolsby will rail against it because it reduces their "billable hours" and hence their incomes......
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