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Determinate sentences unalterable by parole are a requisite of the rule of law

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In the cant or psychobabblish modern expression, they wanted their lives back

Dalrymple writes:

The rule of law is the rule of law, not another thing. Determinate sentences are not the same as inflexible ones: mitigating (and aggravating) circumstances must always be taken into account, but they should be matters of discoverable fact about the past, not of inevitably amateurish speculations as to the future. Parole introduces avoidable arbitrariness into the criminal justice system, and while arbitrariness cannot be avoided altogether, it should be kept to a minimum.