Here's an incredible story from Vermont: a child molester who raped a 10-year-old girl many times over the course of four years has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.

The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.

Prosecutors argued that confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston deserved at least eight years behind bars for repeatedly raping a littler girl countless times starting when she was seven.

But Judge Edward Cashman disagreed explaining that he no longer believes that punishment works. ...

Judge Cashman also also revealed that he once handed down stiff sentences when he first got on the bench 25 years ago, but he no longer believes in punishment.

"I discovered it accomplishes nothing of value;it doesn't make anything better;it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger,"Cashman explained to the people in the court.

If you've read my ealier posts on crime and punishment you may not be surprised to learn that I agree with this judge -- in a way. I'm a big believers in punishment, but prison terms often aren't the best way to punish an offender. Mark Hulett may simply need to be executed, but even if that's too harsh he should face public beatings and humiliation in addition to any imprisonment. Make the punishment fit the crime. Perhaps being put in stocks in a public square for four years would be ample punishment and also encourage him to change his ways.



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