Hugely successful author John Grisham is receiving backlash for some remarks he made regarding prison sentences for child pornography offenders.
In a new interview, while promoting his new book Gray Mountain, the 59-year-old author said:
We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child.But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.
John then explained about a "good buddy" of his:
His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.There’s so many of them now. There’s so many ‘sex offenders’ – that’s what they’re called – that they put them in the same prison. Like they’re a bunch of perverts, or something; thousands of ’em. We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration.
John was quick to clarify his remarks however, when it did come to pedophiles:
I have no sympathy for real pedophiles. God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting.
Is he speaking truth? Does he have a point?
Once the interview went viral, John came under heavy fire, but has since issued another statement, saying that his words:
Were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. Anyone who participates in child pornography should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
What do you guys think?