Thursday, January 05, 2006

Man gets 60-day sentence for child rape

Hat tip: Malkin.

A Vermont man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for repeatedly raping a child over a span of four years. You read that right: 60 days. Let's look at the article:
Rapist's Prison Sentence Triggers Outrage

Burlington, Vermont -- January 4, 2005

There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.

The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.

Prosecutors argued that confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston deserved at least eight years behind bars for repeatedly raping a littler girl countless times starting when she was seven.

But Judge Edward Cashman disagreed explaining that he no longer believes that punishment works.

Read the rest here.

One could argue that punishment and rehabilitation are often the same. For example, if a man rapes a child, and I cut his balls off with a dull, rusty chainsaw, I'd say that he's being punished and rehabilitated at the same time. Not only is he paying the price for his crime, assurances are being made that the perpetrator will never again be able to rape another child.

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