John Grisham Doesn’t Think Men Watching Child Porn are Pedophiles

The best-selling author says America needs prison reform, argues men watching child porn shouldn’t be in prison

Last Updated: October 16, 2014 @ 6:49 AM

Acclaimed author John Grisham said men watching child porn don’t belong in prison.

Grisham, who is about to publish a new legal thriller, advocated for men he thinks deserve some type of punishment, but not longterm prison sentences.

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“We have prisons now filled with guys my age–60-year-old white men–in prison, who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child , but they got online one night, started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, pushed the wrong buttons, went to far, and got into child porn,” the writer said in interview with the Telegraph.

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“We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration,” he continued, but pleaded that these men who, according to him, stumbled upon child porn and watched, don’t deserve being locked up.