Life lessons

Second Chances?

Do you believe in giving people a second chance?

Do you judge people based on the first thing they do? I’m guessing most of you don’t.

What about someone who is convicted for a crime?

Do you think they deserve a second chance?

If they have served their time for armed robbery, are you willing to let them integrate with society? Are you willing to let them move on with their life?

What if they had murdered someone? If they had been convicted for it and served their time…would you be willing to let them rejoin society?

What about a paedophile or a rapist? If they had been convicted and served their sentence, wanted to rejoin society and get on with their lives…would you be okay with that?

Convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson has been receiving a backlash from the Ryde community where he is currently residing. This has been going on for a few days now and it looks like Ferguson is going to be allowed to stay at his current place of residence. Mind you, he hasn’t done anything yet at this place to be on the receiving end this time.

It got me wondering: Should they give him a second chance or not? He was convicted for molesting young girls and sentenced to 14 years in gaol. He has only recently been out and has been facing problems re residence.

I hate paedophiles and rapists and consider them worse than murderers. Yes, I do. (If it were up to me, they’d be castrated)

But…what if there are those that serve their sentence and then are out in society? Should we give them that second chance to possibly redeem themselves? Or are they never going to reform?

Should we be giving people like Dennis Ferguson a second chance?

I can’t make up my mind

And that’s why the post is full of questions…

What do you think?

Until next time,


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  • Sweet Nothings!!!
    18 September 2009 at 10:19 am

    second chance to rapist a big nooooo…even if they have served their term.

  • Nu
    18 September 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I think the situation in which the person committed crime really matters. Not that I want to say that the situation must be so compelling that he had to molest / rape but what I want to say is in any case the situation which led to the incidence should be found out as well… To take a right decision..May be just convicting the person won’t serve the purpose..there might be something else we need to look at..

    Also, second chance is given on the terms where we are sure that the person will not commit it again and has regrets on what he did. The person,if kept under observation,without making it very obvious, can be judged for a while and his activities could be recorded for reference to see whether his behavior has changed or not… May be then he can let out or may be not..whatever…

    Does this all sound confusing ?

  • Titaxy
    18 September 2009 at 3:25 pm

    well…no…at least not for child abusers / molesters, rapists and all…i’m with you on considering paedophiles and rapists worse than murderers…so no second chance for them…

    but again, i dunno…what if they deserve one? :-(…what if they’ve really changed?…i can’t make up my mind either.

  • Indian Home Maker
    18 September 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Some crimes should also NOT be forgiven to make sure other criminals take the warning, like those convicted for pedophiles, gang rapes, planned murders…

  • Archana
    19 September 2009 at 12:56 am

    You have to be so incredibly twisted & perverse in the first place to even commit those crimes. I don’t know if giving them a second chance will bring their mind out of the gutter and back into normalcy. Once you do something once, the second time around is easier. Even if it’s after being “punished”.

    I think people like that deserve a life sentence in jail, because think about how they have emotionally wrecked & traumatized lives around them as the source for why they’re being jailed. Sick. 😡

  • ani_aset
    19 September 2009 at 8:18 am

    bah thats easy haan post the tuff questions to us 🙂 i cant make up my mind either, i think i will be normal, possible cautious but normal

  • Sonu
    19 September 2009 at 9:58 am

    Hmmm….well definitely no second chances for a rapist or a murderer but maybe for someone who has committed a crime like a robbery and served their sentence I would give them a second chance but I guess I’d still be wary of them. Unfortunately I guess that’s how the human mind works…once someone is convicted of doing something wrong…even after they’ve served their sentence and something does go wrong you tend to blame them. I know it’s not fair to them but….

  • Psych Babbler
    20 September 2009 at 9:58 am

    @ Sweet Nothings, IHM, Archana, Sonu: Point noted…

    @ Nu: Nope that wasn’t confusing…but you have a point as well in terms of regret. I guess that would make sense. But then again, just to play devil’s advocate, some psychopaths can lie and can be extremely convincing!

    @ Titaxy: I can see I have managed to get you to sit on the fence too! 🙂 Hard one, isn’t it?

    @ Ani: Guess you are neutral too… 😛 And yes, I do put the tough questions out there…