A woman calls the police, claiming to be assaulted by her husband. She is distraught when police arrive and gives police a statement saying that her husband choked her for a minute or so before letting her go. Police see red marks on her neck consistent with this. Six months later, when the matter comes to trial, she refuses to testify against her husband, saying that, even after reading her statement, she can't remember anything. She says that she loves him and he's really a good person. Should she be charged with a criminal offence for refusing to testify against him (such as perjury or obstruction of justice)?
Police arrest Mr. and Mrs. Green for having a large marijuana grow operation in their basement. It's conceded that the Greens are just the "gardeners" who are paid a good buck to grow the crop. The marijuana is sold by someone higher up that the Greens refuse to identify for reasons of their own safety. The Greens have no criminal record. At their sentencing the prosecutor asks for them to be sent to jail while their lawyer asks that they serve the sentence at home on ankle bracelets. (Assume that these are the only two options). Should the Greens get a sentence of "real jail" (i.e. in a prison, not at home)?
A 15 year old boy is arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, heroin and crystal meth. He is dealing at his school for a local gang. He has no previous record. His lawyer wants the prosecutor to drop the charge provided that the boy completes a counselling program and performs some community work service, all arranged by a local restorative justice program. Should the prosecutor agree to this?
Generally speaking do you believe that lengthy jail sentences deter offenders from committing crimes?