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Redemption: Susan Atkins and Retributive Justice 'Ideals'

As I was perusing the Internet today, I stumbled across an article from CNN about the status of many of Charles Manson's followers in prison. Reading this article hammered home an idea that I've been pondering about lately--and that's that our notions of retributive justice seem to be greatly askew to what they should. In our society, we so often think of criminals as 'needing to be punished' and 'disgraces to society.' Unfortunately for many, once they disappear behind bars, there is no shot of them coming back, no matter what they do. And that seems wrong to me.

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