Discussion in 'Law and Justice System' started by catzmeow, May 11, 2009.
Maryland adds homeless to hate crime law - Politics - News & Observer
Please stop the madness.
What next, dwarves?
Actually, this is one of the few that make sense. Sometimes they do hit the nail on the head. The reasoning was a recent influx of attacks on the homeless in many areas (Seattle was horrible). Several were burnt alive, many more beaten to death. The problem is that many see them as "ghosts" so they don't feel bad about it at all, they don't fear the law, and often the crime scenes are not discovered until it's too late to gather enough evidence to convict the perps because no one knows that the victim is there. It's pure logic this time.
Prostitutes. Jack the Ripper, beware.
Most of them are "protected" already, junkies are treated like they are babies by the law these days, and most prostitutes are junkies.
The problem is that adding them to this legislation does essentially nothing to protect homeless people.
No, but it might make criminals think that the low odds of being caught isn't worth it. It's more of a "we've tried everything else, may as well see if this slows it down" thing. Trust me, when you live in the system as long as I had, you see it differently. It would be different if enough of the homeless weren't too paranoid to actually register somewhere, but the sad fact is that many, especially in areas like mine where they closed all the mental wards, are not mentally capable of living a normal life. Many are paranoid of the government, becoming homeless because they think people are out to get them, or that giving even their full name to authorities puts them in danger. Also I don't care about the ones that are homeless to evade the law, but most of those are in the shelters so they aren't even at risk. The ones it's trying to protect are those who are too unstable to seek safety and aid themselves, since the government doesn't want to pay for safe places to put these people, something else has to be tried.
Being a prostitute is a choice. Isn't it?
So can being homeless, yes, some do choose to remain homeless.
You're assuming that the people who would risk 25 to life in prison for burning a homeless man to death are going to be deterred by an additional 5 years, i.e., that they are operating on some rational basis. Most aren't.
Or, if they are, it isn't a logical framework that is functional in normal society.
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