Originally Posted by giant
Uh..you've never heard the term "tragic flaw"?
And what is Paris' tragic flaw?
Originally Posted by ShawnJ
Alright, but the fact is she remains incarcerated and a normal reaction of first-time female offenders is to cry. If people want to be judgmental about that, fine, but crying isn't anything unusual. But like I said, she probably needs prison and from her outburst, doesn't appear to internalize that it was her own fault she's in jail.
Now lunging at another law clerk after a judge imposes a sentence...
That's a little different.
I don't know about anyone else, but it's not the tears. It's the utter surprise that....well, "surprise! you're not above the law, Ms. Hilton!" I have no doubt this whole thing was planned from the beginning...right up until the part where the judge decided he wasn't going to let the Sheriff go through with violating his specific order.
Originally Posted by shetline
This is a bit of a tangent from this thread (and God forbid I derail so important a topic as Paris Hilton herself!), but I don't think anyone
should have to contend with the general prison population. Prison shouldn't be like a paid vacation, but the risk of severe abuse by fellow inmates should NOT be a part of the punishment either.
If this means everyone spends most of their time in their cells alone, so be it. It's utterly insane to have large numbers of criminals -- some very violent, some not -- all mixing together in large groups with ineffective supervision for preventing violence. Even if you're willing to go along with this wink-and-a-nod, look-the-other-way form of cruel and unusual punishment ("Heh, heh! Serves the bastards right!") it's the worst offenders, the meanest and most violent, who come out on top in such a system, so the weak and the least violent get the worst of it.
Loss of freedom and boredom, with the biggest opportunities to escape boredom being centered around self-improvement and victim restitution, is should be what prison is about -- not about getting knifed and ass-fucked by other prisoners, and learning to be even more violent to avoid that.
I'm surprised no one has pressed a major case (at least that I've heard of) that most of the American prison system is currently run in a completely unconstitutional fashion.
I'll go a step further: Our entire punishment system is insane.
The only people that should be in Federal or State Pound-Me-In-the-Ass-Prison
should be rapists, murderers, serial murderers, child predators and other violent and depraved wastes of oxygen.
But drug offenders? DUI? White collar criminals? Thieves? They should be forced to rehabilitate. Thieves would have to make full restitution, working off their debt for as long as it took. Build a labor camp!
Drugs? Forced rehab. If that doesn't work after three times, they get put on a register of users of illegal substances which employers and others could see. DUI? Big fines and loss of driving privledge for 30, 90 and 1 year progessively, unless you hurt/kill someone. Then you go to jail for a long fucking time. White collar criminals? They should have to work in the mail rooms of their respective corps. Or possibly at K Mart.