Can We Talk about Prison Reform?

BY: FRANKEA LABEE

The Problem: Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie (real name Torrance Hatch) is no stranger to trouble with the law. Already incarcerated for probation violation on drug and gun charges, the Trill Entertainment rapper and two associates (one of them only 17 years old) were indicted on first-degree murder charges by a grand jury on Thursday, June 17.

The men are accused of being involved in the shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd in his own house in October. District attorney Hiler Moore stated that the killing seemed to be “over turf” and that if Lil Boosie is convicted the death penalty is not out of the question. The same day, Hatch was also indicted on multiple drug and conspiracy charges for smuggling large amounts of codeine, ecstasy and marijuana into prison with intent to distribute.

His girlfriend, a prison guard and a fellow inmate were also charged as co-conspirators. In addition to these charges, prosecutors believe the 27-year-old rapper may have been involved in at least five other slayings.

My View: Although he was found not guilty, I feel as if his punishment was totally wrong. Why take a man to jail not knowing if he is guilty, or not?

The state put Torrance Hatch in a prison, where you are only sentenced 25 to life. Having him in that surrounding not knowing the truth , is almost 3 years of his life wasted , just because he LOOKS GUILTY.  Not saying, people pose to be running around killing people and staying at their own house, until the final trial.

Everyone deserves to be treated equal. I feel as if the state got things messed up too busy worrying about the wrong things. Yes, justice is suppose to take place, but not in this type of form. The state / judge played the rapper, Lil Boosie music in court, saying he talking about he have a hit man killing people in his lyrics. People rap to entertain; they held him hostage basically treating him as if they were there during the murder.

My Solution: With the state money, build a facility where, you are treated with respect and as if you was an ordinary person, until your final trail date.

The reason being, it makes no sense to be sitting in someone prison for years and then found not guilty. And if found guilty will be immediately took to jail. We don’t want suspects to be roaming around the streets, but they deserve to have there side of the story listened to!

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