We have often discussed the difficult challenge in dealing recidivists for DUI and other non-violent offenses. Margaret Johnson, however, is virtually in a category onto herself. The 40-year-old English woman has been arrested 153 times and is called the “Pickpocket Queen of Birmingham.”
Johnson was sentenced to 30 months in jail after admitting to six additional thefts. She is known to target elderly women. In one case, she stole from an elderly woman looking after her grandson who has Down Syndrome
The question is whether you simply sentence such recidivists to lengthy jail sentences after so many convictions despite the individual crimes remaining relatively small offenses.
What do you think?