|Fri July 9 2021 23:40:09|
Do Porch Package Thefts Warrant Long Jail Times?
By: Ina Steiner
Stealing packages from people's porches or mailboxes is now a felony in the state of Georgia.
"A new law in Georgia aims to curb porch piracy and mail theft by classifying certain degrees of these crimes as felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison," according to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).
Lawmakers believe it will serve as a deterrent, but Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration at Middle Tennessee State University, told GPB he was skeptical.
"This is a low-level entry crime," Stickle said. "It takes almost no skill to walk up and take a package from someone."
So what is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony? According to Findlaw.com
, "Felonies are the most serious crimes you can commit and have long jail or prison sentences, fines, or permanent loss of freedoms. Misdemeanors usually involve jail time, smaller fines, and temporary punishments."
Do you think you would benefit from stiffer penalties for the theft of packages? As an online seller, what would you like to see changed?
You can find the full article on GPB.org
: "Felony Punishments For Porch Piracy Take Effect In Georgia" - and tell us what you think.