Every week it seems there is a news report about some parents who have horribly mistreated, abused, tortured or even murdered their own children.
When these cases finally make it to court, sentences seem manifestly inadequate, the decisions of judges and juries alike questionable...
I myself see it as the easiest decision of all...a “no brainer” if you like...
For these types of crime I see no way rehabilitation can work, how can you cure pure evil after all? There should be no question - mandatory life sentences, maximum security prison, until death, no chance of parole. EASY.
So many of these perpetrators use the excuse that they were treated the same way as children. That is tragic, awful but does not let them off the hook. To me it is worse, they experienced it first hand, they know the pain, and they choose to inflict it on another. Many of those who have been abused themselves manage to be excellent, caring, protective parents who would never dream of hurting their children.
How many times do we hear of children murdered after being returned to their abusers, left in dangerous situations, under the care of the agencies tasked with their welfare? Effectively abandoned by a society which should care for them?
For people who prey on the most defenceless members of society, our children, there should be no compassion, no mitigation, no mercy.