Letters to the Editor

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Tag: 3 strikes

Feb.
11th

PRISONS: ‘3 Strikes’ law needs reform

Good public policy defines a problem and proposes a solution that should solve it, periodically evaluating it and changing it, if needed.

Our “3-Strikes” law has long since reached that point for change. Life sentences are not the solution to our problems. They not only cost the taxpayer over $1 million each but they are a waste of human potential.

Since the majority of those confined under this law are not the most violent criminals for which it was intended, the monies used to incarcerate them should be redirected elsewhere. We need to spend it where it will get the

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Dec.
8th

THREE STRIKES: Offenders were set up to fail

The three-strikes law that incarcerates ‘persistent offenders’ for life without the possibility of parole is unjust and very expensive. There would not be so many “persistent offenders” if we had had the programs to educate them and rehabilitate them.

Advocates of “tough on crime” should realize the necessity of reform. Three-strikers were not offered treatment, education or rehab programs after their first strike. They were not offered treatment, education or rehab programs after their second strike. Set up to fail, no need for any programs after the third strike because now they’re not going anywhere EVER.

Many nonviolent people face

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