Bernie Madoff Sentancing Essay

699 WordsOct 25, 20093 Pages
Bernie Madoff is a lucky man. To be run a ponzi scheme for that long and not get caught is unimaginable. Almost as unimaginable as the fact that not one of his ripped clientele tried to kill him. Money is the controlling force in our nation, and to be stripped away of almost all of it is a punishment all itself. But that affects his wife and family more than him, so 150 years in a federal prison will have to do as a direct punishment for him. Whether or not this is a fair punishment for the crime committed should not fall on the general public. It should be a carefully calculated equation involving the amount of time the ponzi scheme was ran, the total dollar amount taken from the victims (without deducting the payouts to the early investors), and the amount of victims he had robbed. Now there is no way for me to know the exact numbers to figure into this equation, but you have to figure that the 150 years guarantees that he will die in prison. Anything added to this punishment is simply sending a message of the severity of his crime. I remember my reaction when I first heard that the sentencing was for 150 years and immediately thought “so what, he will be in “”Club Fed””. He will be on permanent vacation”. But after looking into this a bit I found the long sentencing guarantees that he will be locked up in a prison right along with other dangerous criminals. Now objectors will say that he doesn’t deserve this type of prison because his crime was of money and not a dangerous crime against someone. My response to this simple. When a person murders someone else that murderer destroys the victim’s family’s lives. It has been shown all along the devastation caused by Madoff to his victims. You have to wonder where you draw the line. In this instance I believe you don’t. I think the judge made a smart

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