21 January 2012

Colorado Child Neglect Law Broken

We shouldn't be sending parents who cause a child's death through a mere moment of neglect, even gross neglect, to thirty years in prison. But, that is what Colorado law provides. This kind of hard time, which will cost Colorado taxpayers almost a million dollars and which wastes a mother's life, is grossly excessive for a death resulting from unintentional conduct. Is the woman had set out to get herself stone cold drunk and killed someone in her vehicle, she would not have faced nearly so long a sentence as she did for misjudging the ability of two young children in a bath to avoid drowning as she ran a quick convenience store errand.

The excessive penalties for unintentional deaths of children was born of a moment of hysteria in the Colorado legislature and produces a steady stream of criminal justice tragedies in its wake.


Michael Malak said...

It's manslaughter -- should be 10 years.

Chrissy Dexter said...

It should be life. She was trusted with the care of these children. You should no leave children under 5 alone in a bath - ever. You should not even leave the room. That sweet baby is dead because of her.

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

Nobody says that it was a good decision. But, that doesn't mean that the right response is to put the woman in prison for three decades.