Spock is damn right:
Justice system fails prisoner
Yesterday a prisoner was killed by a fellow inmate in a Victorian prison.
While there is little doubt that this particular prisoner was a very bad (very bad) person, a murder of a person while under the watch of the state is not something that should be taken lightly and it should never happen. “He had it coming” does not make it okay, it is not an excuse. As a society we decided long ago that capital punishment degrades us as a society and is not effective as a deterrent or punishment for crime.
Funnily enough, in the tens of thousands of words published on News.com.au since his death (and check out Spock’s screengrabs in the link above), there is pretty much nothing on the real issue here – that the prison system failed to protect a person entrusted to its care. As Spock points out, it doesn’t matter what kind of a dastardly rotter someone is, we don’t have capital punishment in our system, and this man’s life was entrusted to people who appear to have utterly failed him. But where’s the concern over this total stuff-up that resulted in a man being killed? All I can see is this sort of repulsive gloating from the Hun, making excuses for the inexcusable.
ELSEWHERE: Dave Gaukroger questions whether the Hun’s “expose” yesterday directly led to the killing.