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Crime Down Under. News.com.au has this story on a study of crime rates in a "Generation Y" cohort in New South Wales. Adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg identifies indulgent parenting as a root cause of crime.

Aryan Brotherhood Case. The jury deadlocked in the penalty phase of the federal trial of Aryan Brotherhood leaders Barry "The Baron" Mills and Tyler "The Hulk" Bingham. The vote was 9 to 3 for death in Mills's case. Under the Supreme Court's dubious interpretation of the federal death penalty statute in Jones v. United States, 527 U.S. 373 (1999), this means the view of the minority of jurors prevails over the view of the majority, and Mills receives a life sentence. Because Mills is already in prison for life for another murder, it means effectively no punishment at all. (In California state courts, if the penalty jury deadlocks it is a mistrial, and the penalty phase is retried before another jury.) In Bingham's case, the jury voted 8 to 4 for a life sentence. All Headline News reports here. The AP story is here. The Orange County Register story is here.

Sarin Gas Case. The Japan Times reports that the Supreme Court of Japan upheld the 2004 death sentence of Shoko Asahara for the horrific sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway in 1995.

Down Jamaica Way. Here is an op-ed taking an international view of crime control, looking to see what works elsewhere. Kevin O'Brien Chang writes in the Jamaica Gleaner that the United States provides the example of how to bring down a sky-high crime rate -- by locking up the career criminals. He says the Jamaican police particularly like our "three strikes" laws.

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So if Mills killed Bingham, would he deserve time off for good behavior?

You almost got it right. From the AP "they were split nine to three in favor of death for Mills and eight to four in favor of life in prison for Bingham."

Thanks. The correction is made.

The Aryan Brotherhood case shows exactly why a mandatory death penalty should be in place for prisoners who commit murder. These men are evil and dangerous.

If those Aryan Brotherhood members order another killing that gets carried out, it is certainly fair to place some of the blame on the Justices that decided to rewrite the Constitution.

A lifer member of the Brotherhood, tired of being just one of the guys, could find a year or two in administrative segregation to be well worth the accolades and special treatment he'd get for doing the hit, once he's back out into general population. If that's the worst the hitman is looking at, the Aryan leadership might have to tell prospective hitmen to take a number and stand in line. On the other hand, if the penalty for doing a prison hit would assuredly lead to a greatly shortened term of incarceration, with a feet first exit from the institution, chances are that hitman recruiting would fall to record low numbers.

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