Calgary Woman Gets 18 More Months In Prison (36 Total!) For Killing 2 Children?

Posted on January 30, 2014 by

My initial reaction when reading the headline today was, WHAT!?! (see article hereMeredith Borowiec just killed two babies by putting them in the dumpster (leaving them for dead) and she can walk the streets in 18 months? I think my reaction is telling. To me, this woman ought to get punished with more severity. Why? Because I am a firm believer that people should get what they deserve when we are in a position to give it. I suppose my retributivism runs deeper than I initially thought. Where is the justice for those two innocent lives? 18 months?! Before delving into a philosophical debate over basic desert, retributivism, consequentialism and the like, I’d like to ask others: Does this punishment fit the crime? Is this decision consistent? Why is killing new-born babies not on par with killing a 5-year-old? Alberta law seems OFF on this!