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Are You Too Short for Prison?

Posted by the prisoner's wife On 11:19 AM
Are You Too Short for Prison?

Hello again, I know I like to keep Thursdays light with my "Throwback Thursday" posts, but this just made me so upset. A Judge in Nebraska sentenced a convicted child molester to 10 years probation, instead of jail time because he was "too short" for prison (Story Below).

SIDNEY, Neb. - A judge said a 5-foot-1 man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was too small to survive in prison, and gave him 10 years of probation instead.

His crimes deserved a long sentence, District Judge Kristine Cecava said, but she worried that Richard W. Thompson, 50, would be especially imperiled by prison dangers.

"You are a sex offender, and you did it to a child," she said.

But, she said, "That doesn't make you a hunter. You do not fit in that category."

Thompson will be electronically monitored the first four months of his probation, and he was told to never be alone with someone under age 18 or date or live with a woman whose children were under 18. Cecava also ordered Thompson to get rid of his pornography.

He faces 30 days of jail each year of his probation unless he follows its conditions closely.

"I want control of you until I know you have integrated change into your life," the judge told Thompson. "I truly hope that my bet on you being OK out in society is not misplaced."
(source: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12969163/?GT1=8199)

Are you kidding me? What is wrong with this woman? So does this mean any short person can get out of prison time because they are not fit to be there? Because they will be taken advantaged of (isn't everyone?)?

With my beloved awaiting trial & facing prison time, this just continues to illustrate how unfair our justice system really is. Not only are you privileged if you are wealthy, but now you are also at an advantage if you are short.


3 Response to 'Are You Too Short for Prison?'

  1. Stephen Bess Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/05/are-you-too-short-for-prison.html?showComment=1148582940000#c114858299446331983'> Thursday, May 25, 2006 11:49:00 AM

    "Short Eyes" need to get exactly what he deserves. I hear that they have specific instructions for child molesters. You know what though...his short, dumb ass will do it again. The judge won't have a choice then.


  2. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/05/are-you-too-short-for-prison.html?showComment=1148594640000#c114859464893652940'> Thursday, May 25, 2006 3:04:00 PM

    The criminal justice system is just a mockery of what justice is supposed to be about. They are much harsher on crimes involving money than crimes against people, people get light sentences for the most heinous crimes by making deals, innocent people continually get executed - I could go on and on - the system for the most part sucks and like most areas of life it's very much about survival of the fittest.


  3. black girl Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/05/are-you-too-short-for-prison.html?showComment=1148656320000#c114865636276637855'> Friday, May 26, 2006 8:12:00 AM

    I will keep that in mind... being that I'm 5'2" and all. I got a few banks I've been having my eye on.