Yeah, that's the case usually - people getting mad because of the sentence, but this is the only procedure to bring standards to the role-play community. Rules & policies is just 50 percent of the job to build a quality role-play experience, the other 50 is all about how the IC part is handled. Would you rather see cop killer walk out in 2-4 hours?
Reason for the long-term jail sentences, its to teach the criminal a lesson - to quit doing his criminal acts because he is bad at it (if he was good at it, he wouldn't be busted) and to show people the consequence when you break the law. If we'll start dropping jail-time and give evaders, killers 2-3 hours. This server gonna end up closing itself in a month. Strict sentences is a must, and going to jail is "part of the game", for criminals at least.
Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time. I understand the frustration today, because we don't have an active Department of Corrections (but its in W.I.P.) , so once its done - people can create skinhead factions and etc...and build proper organized-gang links through out the server, end of the day - its all about the big dogs in prison. (depends what faction you're linked up with).
But take it from me, heavy time is good - and being offline with timing going down, that's wonderful - because the idea behind long timing , its to keep that criminal off the street. You know how many times we had to chase same suspects daily? We had maybe 30 different pursuits on same person because jail time was peanuts and its not acceptable.
If you'd join PD / SD for a week, you'd see why jailing must be solid and you'll understand what's the purpose behind it. Otherwise, you're killing off cop role-play, as its part of the job - bust down criminals and put them away, but the criminals that don't make their criminal acts OBVIOUS, they get to operate until they make a mistake. People can use their fronts to smuggle things and all kinds of creative ways to move illegal substance / firearms without cops attention - or handle murders properly , rather shooting the guy up middle of the street and blame PD for arresting them for triple homicide. ?