Would you give a rapist a second chance?

When the man of the house leave their wives for work every morning should they have to worry about someone looking for any opportunity to intrude their home and hurt them?

Beginning with a story out of Santa Clara, CA, a gentleman named Christopher Hubbart but also goes by the name of the “ Pillowcase Rapist “. Hubbart is a sexual predator that is being release from a mental hospital and into a society. Hubbart has admitted to sexually assaulting over three dozen woman in the state of California to a institution as is still able to be released. Here is a picture and case information on Hubbart – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/30/california-pillowcase-rapist-to-be-released-in-los-angeles-county/

To me and many others, this is plain ridiculous and crazy to think that a person that has been thinking of many different ways to invade homes and assault females. Any normal person with a straight mind would have a problem with allowing this to happen but the courts and institutions involved with this mans case has given him permission to be set free.

Here is a known person that has been convicted of sexual assault and reoffended. His name is Anthony Sowell and once a felony warrant was filed on him and officers went to make a arrest at his current home, there was decomposed bodies at the location. This alone proves to me and others that once a person has been convicted of a sexual assault will reoffend, if not worse. Anthony was not only a person that committed a sexual assault but also murdered people. Up to six bodies were found after research was done it also was proven that he was a serial rapist. Here is a link for Anthony case – http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/30/ohio.cleveland.bodies/index.html

In 1989, Anthony pleaded guilty to attempting to rape someone and only got 15 years in prison and was set free. This was not enough for law enforcement to see that this person of much harm to society? or does six dead bodies enough to show for it? I just do not get it when these people get more opportunity to do more of what they did in the first place.

It is important to keep aware of our surroundings when it comes to identified sexual predators but more importantly know where they are. There are apps and information on the internet that can identify these people for us.

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11 Responses to Would you give a rapist a second chance?

  1. eifiguer says:

    Anthony, I agree that these people being set free have a higher expectation of recidivism. That said, I also agree that they should spend the rest of their life in prison. How can society allow these people who committed horrendous crimes be let back in to where we live? The justice system is focusing in greatly on incarcerating people who have committed nonviolent crimes, such as drug offenses, and they’re letting these people walk. I rather live next to someone who does not have violent tendencies and just happened to get involved in drugs than someone who has previously killed and raped women.

  2. pjshield says:

    I think these 2 cases you brought up are great examples of how our legal system fails law abiding citizens. The system is supposes to protect those that follow the law. That is the purpose of law and government. But our society is so focused on protecting everyone’s rights that they are putting the lives of citizens in jeopardy. It is shown in these two examples, clearly, that there are people who cannot be cured. In the case of Hubbart, his entire life was focused around assaulting women. These kind of people cannot be cured and should spend their lives away from people who follow the law and are looking for the law to protect them. Once citizens are put at risk because of the failure of the law to protect them, then the law no longer has a purpose.

  3. nicksalute says:

    In class we have periodically recognized where the “justice system” fails to serve “justice”, and this is undoubtedly one of those times. I have always felt that he sentencing for sexual predators was not nearly as a severe as it should be. Think about how the women/ men feel who were assaulted knowing that their attacker is walking the streets. I am a firm believer that everyone deserves equal and fair rights, but there comes a time when a the severity of these crimes must be recognized and adequately dealt with; spending a few years in prison isn’t enough.
    I feel the legal system often gets too caught up in the formalities of law to realize that what they’re doing is blatantly unfair and is potentially harmful to other individuals.
    Specific sentencing is a portion of the law that has been exceptionally controversial, but has ceased to change. Although letting an admitted rapist free seems to be the most ridiculous decision that an individual could make, it is part of the structure of the law, and until that structure changes, we must adhere to its imperfections.

  4. jenny9213 says:

    It is completely outrageous that after such crimes are committed that the criminals still be “allowed” to continue their crime spree. We have over time seen various cases in which the offender was set loose and in the end committed murder. It is unbelievable that in the Anthony case after pleading to 15 sexual assault that lawmakers choose to believe in redemption for all. If we allow redemption, than we have to be able to uphold them to that redemption and protect the rest of the citizens. We shouldn’t have to sacrifice our safety for others’ second chance. I do believe in protecting everyone’s rights, however, we must endure our safety as well.

  5. beyers2013 says:

    Thank you for bringing this topic to light and for locating the accompanying articles. So many of these sick and twisted individuals are constantly released upon the innocent and are allowed to perform as repeat offenders. Like the others who have commented previously, I blame our justice system. Innocent citizens have lost the right to be protected from this beasts, yet if we decide to rid ourselves of this scourge and filth, we become as bad as they are and have to deal with an unyielding press and state attorneys who are insistent that they will make an example of us in an effort to prevent vigilante justice. I personally do not believe that neither a rapist or child molester can be rehabilitated and I am thoroughly sick and tired of paying for the feeding and caring of this type of menagerie. Both articles reflect the terrible flaws within our justice system that appear to serve only these types of scum only too well. I am honestly just plain tired of these people and the damage they continue to do to not only the innocent, but to our judicial system. I am tired of the judges who needlessly set this degradation free upon society and I firmly feel they need to be removed from their jobs. While I believe in protecting everyones rights, I cannot help but believe that such rights are relinquished once you rape and molest the innocent. Therefore, I could care less about what happens within the caged environment they are sent to inhabit and where I believe they should spend the rest of their (hopefully very short) lives.

  6. jamietraxler says:

    I think ous djs has sucha. Skewed sense of reality it’s really not even funny. It’s crazy to think that a person caught with weed or cocaine can get 25 to life and a serial rapist is set free. It’s just unbelievably sad that the system isn’t doing justice at all. It’s not doing justice to those victims and it’s not doing justice to those who could be potential victims.

  7. darrian01 says:

    It’s unfathomable how individuals can just plead insanity to get out of being fully convicted for the heinous crimes they have committed. This gives future criminals a chance to figure out ways around the justice system. It also makes easier for criminals to repeat their offenses. Although the internet can give individuals an idea where sex offenders in the community are living, people should still be considerate of the different categories of sex offenders. Even though many sex offenders usually fall into the categories of rapists or molesters, some sex offenders could have been convicted for petty things such as streaking or peeing in a park.

  8. ffleming72 says:

    It is clear that this is a hot topic and that there are several ways to look at these cases. The justice system is set up so that it corrects the wrongs that people did and that is why they get released after there sentence. However, I know that I would not feel comfortable living next to a person like Anthony Sowell. It sucks how the system is now, but that is our own fault because we made the system. It also sucks that someone who peed in the park when he was twenty gets labeled the same as some one who has raped people. Again though, that is how the system works. I am all for political and justice changes on these types of cases.

  9. lgallar1 says:

    This is a very intense topic and currently I am taking two criminal justice classes. From what I have learned in my classes I have made the decision that I would not give a sexual offender a second chance, especially ones that have reoffended MANY times like Anthony. Why? Because they will do it again, and possibly go up the scale and murder an innocent person. I am very disappointed in lawmakers, they not only need to define what falls under “sexual offender” and then decided if they will set them free especially if they have a record of reoffending.

  10. Tracy Encizo says:

    Our legal systems has historically done a poor job protecting women and punishing the men who harm them. I don’t mean to exclude any males who have been victims of violence but I can confidently say that more women are raped than men and more women are domestically battered than men. Would criminals like Anthony get away with raping men over and over again? Just let an Anthony rape some high profile male, one who is influential in business, law, or professional sports, the victim obtain competent legal representation and then we would see a very different outcome. Yes, I know there is sexual violence in the military and prisons in which males are targeted, but again, I want to focus on the centuries that crimes against women have been ignored or downplayed. Or where the female victim has been criminalized. Now this is a problem in law enforcement and the legal system as a whole but it is reflective of the bias against women in society. If we want to take care of the Anthony-type criminals and the leniency that allows them to rape over and over again, we’ll have to treat the root of the problem – in the way society views women, relationships, and gender roles.

  11. amkavana says:

    Well, this is certainly terrifying. Although news sources are never going to have all the nitty gritty details of cases (yes, even high profile cases), I feel like there is certainly enough evidence presented here to say that this is a very, very bad idea. Unfortunately, when people end up out of prison and in mental heath facilities, it soon becomes the case that if they can act normal enough for long enough they are discharged, essentially wiping out any original prison cases. In many situations this is fine, as mental illnesses do much better under psychiatric care and rehabilitation than they do locked up, and truly rehabilitation occurs, but I think violent and repeated violent crimes should absolutely be the exception to this. At least some kind of protocol should be in place from a legal perspective, in addition to a psychological one.

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