So Belgian news is kind of bringing that tidbit up again:
Dutroux makes another throw at being released, because keeping him locked up is inhumane.
Who is Dutroux?
A guy convicted multiple times of sexual and other criminal acts, eventually becoming public villain number one in the late 90s when they found young girls locked up in a tiny room in the basement and that he ran an operation to produce and distribute child pornography. They also found the corpses a few of the previous girls he kidnapped and killed.
Eventually in 2004 convicted to life in prison.
15 years later: Keeping him locked up is a violation of his human rights..
Not too long ago, there was an outrage over a dude who raped a girl and was let go with a stern warning. 2 years later (this year-ish, he raped another girl and was once more released on probation promising to seek help.
And here there was another call that locking up rapists doesn't work and they should be offered therapy instead.
And I think I've asked that before, but what do I make of the thought.
Well, I was a staunch opponent of the capital punishment, because you don't need to kill someone when you have him neutralised.
And maybe I can say that prison is some sort of place to keep dangerous people from society and criminals can later on decide to pick up their lives when they are considered reformed. As such, reforming people and setting them out again shouldn't be a bad goal.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.