I had one Facebook Champion tell me that we don't need more resources for victims, we just need to execute perpetrators.
It's not about helping people, for them. It's just an excuse to advocate for killing people. They's probably be just as happy to advocate for killing the victims, too. These are the same kind of people who stone rape victims because, you know, they're ruined anyway.
I heard Bryan Stevenson on Desert Island Discs over the weekend and he claimed that they have found 1/10 death sentences carried out in the US to be incorrect after the fact. He made the argument that, leaving aside any moral case for or against, surely any sane person would agree that a 1/10 chance of killing an innocent person is too high to be justified under any circumstances.
There was a ton of other frightening prison stats he pulled out over the course of the show, and listening to his description of work trying to help kids who wind up in prison was genuinely heartbreaking.
I was horrified to hear that until fairly recently, there were states where it was compulsory for judges to hand down life in prison with no chance of parole to kids for some crimes.
The US penal system is a bit of a travesty. Mandatory minimum sentencing kind of defeats the whole point of having judges in the first place, given that they are supposed to be able to use their judgment to judge things. If a person can be kept out of prison, they should be, especially for nonviolent crimes; our prison system takes smalltime criminals and ensures that they will become worse. There is no attempt at rehabilitation.
Are you familiar with The Innocence Project? http://www.innocenceproject.org/