Thursday, April 05, 2012
What Was The Point?
77-year-old Charles Manson is a gray-haired and gray-bearded bitter old man who never once felt regret for his crimes, never once expressed any sympathy for his idiotic cult followers who killed for him, and never became even partially penitent. Inside, he remains the insane killer he was back in 1969.
Next Wednesday, Manson goes up for his his 12th parole hearing. It could be his last because state law now allows a denial of parole for up to 15 years.
Ok. He's been in prison for over forty years, a ward of the State of California, a burden on the California taxpayer for over four decades. So why did they not just put him down? Why bother to let him live all these years? He hasn't changed, he will not change.
The one good thing he has done for all of us is to show what a waste of time, effort and resources life sentences are.
If we are going to lock somebody away for his entire life only to see him die behind bars, don't wait decades to watch them die. Let them appeal - once - and if they lose, lights out. No lifetime free ride.
With over six billion now alive on this overburdened planet, we certainly won't miss one wasted, useless life.