Oregonian:

Originally, Wilson had sentenced Sanders to two consecutive 30-year-terms plus sentences for seven assault charges, deeming that he met the state's standards for being a "dangerous offender." Sanders had previously been convicted of several felonies including promoting prostitution, third-degree rape and second-degree assault. He also had beaten a previous girlfriend so badly that her spleen burst, according to an Oregonian story from the sentencing.

But since Sanders has been in prison, he has taken anger-management classes and earned his GED, said his attorney, John Gutbezahl. Even though Sanders in essence had a life sentence, he focused on making himself a better person and has not been in trouble once in prison, Gutbezahl said. In addition, psychologists hired by both the state and the defense were "very impressed" with Sanders and found that he was not a dangerous offender, he said.

What a load of nonsense all of this is. Sanders was once all bad, now he is all good. The prison apparatus has corrected his ways. He is reformed. He can now function in society. All of this is so much nonsense.


Has it ever occurred to any of these administrators and voodoo doctors that Sanders might have been good from the get-go (babies are not socialized; they begin as social beings with pro-social tendencies—Sarah Hrdy's work has shown this to be the case) and it was society that corrupted him? Not the subject, but the state is the source of the trouble. Correction is a waste of time and money if it's about correcting individuals and not a social system that reproduces the class relations of its subjects.


As for those administrators, law enforcers, judges, and voodoo doctors, it's simply an industry, a business, a paycheck. Marx writes:

A philosopher produces ideas, a poet poems, a clergyman sermons, a professor compendia, and so on. A criminal produces crimes. If we look a little closer at the connection between this latter branch of production and society as a whole, we shall rid ourselves of many prejudices. The criminal produces not only crimes but also criminal law.

The criminal produces the whole of the police and of criminal justice, constables, judges, hangmen, juries, etc.; and all these different lines of business, which form equally many categories of the social division of labour, develop different capacities of the human spirit, create new needs and new ways of satisfying them.

He produces not only compendia on Criminal Law, not only penal codes and along with them legislators in this field, but also art, belles lettres, novels, and even tragedies, as not only Müllner's Schuld and Schiller's Räuber, but also Sophocles's Oedipus and Shakespeare's Richard the Third. The criminal breaks the monotony and everyday security of bourgeois life.