The Nonprofiteeer doesn’t wish to be vengeful, but she must admit that it infuriates her to learn that the Jackson sentence allows Jesse Jr. and his wife Sandra to serve their prison terms one at a time so that one parent will always be free to take care of their children.
Oh, it’s a fine idea for the fate of children to be considered in the sentencing of parents, though as the judge told Mrs. Jackson, “The court did not put your children in this position.” Children shouldn’t be made to suffer for the sins of their parents, and a child with an incarcerated parent will suffer–there’s no doubt about it.
But the Jacksons are in the unusual position among felons of coming from a wealthy intact family: if both were in prison, the children’s grandparents could take care of them. So why the tender concern for the Jackson children when every day thousands of children are separated from their sole parent because Mom has been convicted of prostituting herself (probably to feed the kids) or Dad is being sent away for possession with intent to distribute?
Those children really will suffer–single-parent households are the rule rather than the exception among the poor, and the children of incarcerated parents often end up in the custody of the state for lack of anyone else to take them.
So the Nonprofiteer doesn’t actually advocate that the Jacksons be made to suffer more; their suffering doesn’t much concern her. What she advocates is that precisely the same concern for the welfare of children animate sentencing in all the rest of the felony convictions in Cook County.
The children of one set of felons are no less deserving of consideration than the children of any other set.
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