This column on crime statistics proved the meaninglessness of numbers. Bessette, a former federal bureaucrat, claimed that criminals do not serve long sentences in America. He should get out of the computer and into reality.
Bessette attacks his opponents, presumably the liberals, with a theory that convicted felons just "pass through" prison. I work daily in the justice system. The truth is that acquittals on so-called technicalities are rare, and long sentences are common. The truth is that most often the convict's race and class determine the sentence, and determine whether or not a convicted murderer gets the death penalty.