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CRIME: Scarlet letter policy still in force

Letter by Arne Herstad, Gig Harbor on May 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm | 8 Comments »
May 10, 2012 2:29 pm

Re: “Crime and punishment – and then more punishment” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 5-10).

Pitts is not the first to note that branding a man a “felon” is the nearest thing to eternal punishment inflictable by any human court. And yes, it’s “unsustainable,” unless, of course, your civic goal is a two-tiered society with an underworld viewed as a government resource.

A visionary approach would be to stop this inhumane system in its tracks and reform it along a more sustainable model. Otherwise, pack your emergency bug-out bag, because you or a loved one may be next. There’s nothing that looks worse to our social engineers than an empty prison.

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