Texas inmate sentenced to 60 more years on prison for possession of cellphone

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  1. Roman Banned Banned

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  3. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Can you hear me now?
     
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  5. Xylene Valued Senior Member

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    I can see the logic of the sentence, given how useful cellphones are for conducting your criminal career from behind bars, but it doesn't mean that they'll be able to keep him from getting his hands on another cellphone--and once you've given someone a 60-year sentence, how much more time can you meaningfully give him for a repeat offence? If you're going to stay in prison until you die anyway, what have you got to lose by being as naughty as you can possibly get away with, and what does it matter if you're caught?
     
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  7. Roman Banned Banned

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    I can also see the logic in sodomizing women's children in front of them so they will tell interrogators where their terrorist husbands all. I can also see the logic of shutting down journalists who criticize the government.
     
  8. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    The sentence is meaningless. He was already in for 25 years. Sentences that can't be served are just bluster for the sheep.
     
  9. Pandaemoni Valued Senior Member

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    I can't believe the judge didn't order his execution. Liberal Texas judges make me sick. Just think of the message it would send to the rest of the prison population.
     
  10. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Of course it doesn't

    One wonders if the Eighth Amendment exists in Texas.
     
  11. Norsefire Salam Shalom Salom Registered Senior Member

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    I agree, a death sentence would've hit the spot.

    Although, the problem with long sentences has already been addressed above; they are so impractical that prisoners just won't care. There should be a sentence limit of 15 years, and the highest thing being the death penalty.
     
  12. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    ...Because Ross was found to be a habitual offender, the range of punishment for having a cell phone in a correctional facility was 25 years to 99 years or life. Normally the range of punishment would be 2 to 10 years.

    After 30 minutes of deliberation the jury assessed his punishment at 60 years in TDCJ. The sentence is stacked on top of the one he currently is serving....


    seems like a jury gave him 60 yrs. :shrug:
     
  13. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    Usually its a group effort between the judge's "advice" and the juries decision.
     
  14. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    People should get 60 years for possession in general.
     
  15. Saven Registered Member

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    Death sentences are proven to *not* be deterrents, you guys. So that does no good. The states that regularly practice the death penalty (shitholes like Texas) have more crime per capita than states that do not. Such has been the case for a hundred years.

    The conclusion? Overly long sentences suck. Death penalties suck. We in the USA have WAY more people in prison for the amount of crime that takes place here than do other developed countries. And yet we still have more crime than those countries, per capita. Something is fundamentally wrong with that picture.

    FACTUAL STATISTIC: 1% of the USA population is currently behind bars.

    1% may not seem high.. but in fact that is 3 million out of 300 million people. That's huge.
     
  16. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    25 years for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle! Many murderers & most rapists don't get that. Then 60 years for having a cell phone! Most murderers & 1 or 2 time rapists don't get that. Insane.
    He was chased after he was searched. Smells fishy.
     
  17. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    That story just confirms all the bad things you hear about Texas.
     
  18. codanblad a love of bridges Registered Senior Member

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    so jail for life for stealing cars and having a phone. awesome.
     
  19. wise acre Registered Senior Member

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    That was an excellent response.
     
  20. wise acre Registered Senior Member

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    What would the sentence have been if he had had a gun. I think every inmate who gets a cellphone will figure they might as well get a big bag of heroin and a gun.

    Also any inmate who is about to be searched and has a cellphone on his person MIGHT AS WELL KILL THE GUARD.
     
  21. wise acre Registered Senior Member

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    I think a strong deterrent would be to use the traditional punish the family of the person approach. Criminals will often think twice if they know their children will be punished or their wives.

    We can't reward the masochist criminals out there.
     
  22. wise acre Registered Senior Member

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    Does this mean if I own three consequitive cellphones I am a habitual offender?
     
  23. codanblad a love of bridges Registered Senior Member

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    please put the /sarcasm in at the end there. i haven't read enough of ur posts to be sure.

    good point. its probably in his best interests to just kill all the guards really.

    i think its about 8000 years for having a gun. and then you're executed 7 times. if you're a repeat offender we crash the earth into the sun and blame it on you.
     

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