John Grisham Apologizes for Comments About Child Pornography
October 16, 2014
Best-selling novelist John Grisham says the United States is wrongly jailing too many people who view child pornography. The 59-year-old made the statement in an interview to the British newspaper The Telegraph, as part of his larger critique on the U.S. judicial system. Grisham said the U.S. has "gone crazy" locking people up for all sorts of crimes, including watching child pornography.
"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."
Grisham went on to say, "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."
To read the full interview: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/author-john-grisham-says-people-4445176
Grisham released an apology on his website, writing he regretted making the comments.
His full statement:
Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography-online or otherwise-should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable.
I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.
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