Does your political affiliation affect the way you view our criminal justice system? Are you liberal or conservative? Depending on how you vote, opinions may vary on a plethora of elements in the U.S. justice system. For example, liberals generally do not support the death penalty, while conservatives tend to be in support of it without any qualms. There are also people who walk a sort of nonpartisan line when it comes to how crimes are convicted and sentences doled.
This Friday, the 13th, you might want to catch this special episode ofCase to Case on BlogTalkRadio. I will be discussing politics in the criminal justice system while giving attention to specific points that tend to spark debate between partisan individuals. The following topics will be important points of question and debate in this week's 30-minute-airing:
- In regards to the Sierra LaMar abduction/murder -- should suspect Antolin Garcia-Torres get life in prison or the death penalty even though there has been no body found in this case? In other words: Should a state be able to land a successful conviction without a body of proof?
- Should Jaimee Chamberlain go to jail for refusing to report the abuse she witnessed of her four-year-old son, Carnel Chamberlain? The child was murdered, burned and buried beneath the porch of her home, allegedly, by her boyfriend Anthony Bennett. She was fully aware of his abusive nature, having witnessed the man choke slam the little boy among other things, but never did a thing to stop it, or report it.
- Should convicted/registered sex offenders (of tier 2 and higher status) be given mandatory life sentences? If they are level 3 offenders, should they get the death penalty?
- Should three-strikes-rules apply to low-level misdemeanors? In other words, if someone is on their third strike and they, say, steal a loaf of bread to feed their family, should this still be a violation resulting in hard prison time?
- Should death row inmates be granted "last meals" of their choice?
The show will go live at 9:30 p.m., PST, on Friday the 13th -- lasting 30 entire minutes. I encourage listeners to sign up on BlogTalkRadio with a screen name so as to take advantage of the live chat session that will open 30 to 15 minutes prior the show going live. In the live chat sessions you can ask me any question Â -- and I will do my best to answer live on the air. Otherwise, you can call me while the show is live at the following number:
I would love to interact with some of my fellow Gather members one-on-one about the effects of political thought on the criminal justice system.