I recently spent a few hours in a courtroom and watched a judge hand down a guilty verdict.
The crime committed was severe and the defendants will be going to prison for many many years.
I’ve known one of these men for years as a close family friend. So when the sentence was handed down, I was overcome with emotion. I thought “What a waste of a life. He has so much potential.” Now he will be in prison for longer than he has been alive.
He will sit in a cold, hard prison cell isolated from the world, which will go on without him. His 5 children will grow up and become adults, all while their father sits behind bars in a prison hundreds of miles away from them. In prison, this full grown adult man will be told when he can eat, shower, exercise and sleep. He will be told when and if he can speak to loved ones on the outside.