Here's an example of the occasional senselessness of our criminal justice system:
What good comes from sending this woman to prison?
She admitted her mistake.
She's been publicly embarassed by her mistake.
She cannot make amends behind bars (which she probably has already made.) and now she cannot care for her family who depends on her. We're punishing her children for something she did. (Is that right? Is that the purpose of our criminal justice system? I always thought it was for the protection of society and the rehabilitation of an offender.)
Tax dollars must now be spent to house a non-violent offender who has admitted her mistake and has sought help in dealing with it.
Again, what is the purpose of using one of the harshest punishments we have on this woman? Are we using a prison sentence for retaliation? Retribution?
Does a prison sentence for this first time offender make sense?