Rick Cofer is an established criminal defense attorney in the United States of America. He has been involved in many cases over the years that have helped him develop an idea towards the best practices of delivering justice. In any crime committed, the law aims to punish the offender, at the same time offering a sense of solace to the victim of the crime. Additionally, it also the goal of the justice system that offenders are rehabilitated during their stay in the justice system’s rehabilitation centers and prisons.
According to thenewsversion, Rick Cofer, in a recently published article, provides his opinions regarding determinate sentencing and their eventual outcome on young sex offenders. He is of the notion that the application of determinate sentencing on young sex offenders is not the best solution to solving a sex crime that was committed. He argues that indeterminate sentencing is the most appropriate method of acquiring justice to victims and teaching a lesson to offenders as well as rehabilitating them.
Punishments that have a window for reduction and leniency upon an offender acknowledging their mistakes serve a higher purpose for all parties involved. Discriminate sentencing, on the other hand, advocates for the maximum possible punishment for an offender. Therefore, it is logically correct to state that to obtain the maximum results and the goals of the Texas family law, legal professionals need to apply independent thought while delivering determinate sentences.
Rick Cofer advocates for the application of a holistic rehabilitation system. A system that encompasses all aspects of rehabilitation and spirituality, towards reforming child sex offenders and first degree offenses. He is of the notion that through inculcating proper values into offenders while in the juvenile penal system could prove fruitful towards protecting society and the individual at large. Additionally, adequate treatment of the offenders instills some urge to reform to experience the joy of early release, probation, and or parole for them as enlisted indiscriminate sentencing.
On the other hand, discriminate sentencing reduces the hope of individuals ever getting out of prison and the justice system. Therefore, individuals undergoing discriminate sentences are more often than not less susceptible to reform. Additionally, Rick Cofer argues that the holistic approach of treatment and indiscriminate punishments to a great extent, help to curb cases of recidivism. Studies conducted by the Connecticut criminal justice system and a Maine study exhibited results that under four percent of released sex offenders committed crimes again. Considering that the reviews were conducted over three years upon release of the inmates, it is logically sound to conclude that the inmates are reformed.
In the United States of America, sex offenders are registered. For young offenders below the age of fifteen years, the information is not available to the general public. However, new legislation seeks to make young offenders above fifteen years open to the public, which prompts the question, Will it do more harm than good. Registration ensures that the crimes of the past follow the individual long after their atonement, which conflicts to ensure that young offenders reform, according to Rick Cofer.