Crime and punishment and technology

“His object all sublime / He will achieve in time — / To let the punishment fit the crime.” — from The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

What is the average sentence for kidnapping? Seventy-five years? Nope. Sixty years? No, if you forcibly abduct someone, on average, you’ll get a fraction more than 18 years in the slammer.

How about murder? Got to be a lot longer, wouldn’t you think? Fifty years perhaps? Nope. The average sentence for murder is just less than 21 years.

So let’s see, if murder gets you 20 years and kidnapping 18 years, then what can a combination of ignorance and naivet

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