The worst part about a class discussing sentencing rationale is that all of the rednecks in the class feel the need to come out of the woodwork to reassure us that matters are really simple and should be judged by down home, hick logic.
"If you rape someone, you should die. That's all there is to it."
Gee, thanks for ending centuries of ethical debate with a substance-free, folksy pronouncement.
It's like I'm in a class full of Fred Thompsons, holding forth on the finer points of criminal sentencing based on nothing more than whatever claptrap their daddy's told them during a Nashville Network commercial break while drinking a Bud Lite.
"That's just the way it is," is code for "I have no idea what the fuck I'm talking about."