Make punishment fit crime, not mood of punishers

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z Make punishment fit crime, not mood of punishers nwitimes.com
April 04, 2013 12:00 am

It seems sentencing depends on the mood of the system rather than punishment fitting the crime method.

Correctional placement facilities are complacent about where offenders will receive maximum rehabilitation appropriate to their crime and history leading to arrest.

Don't forget the corruption, exposed often, in our legal system. Some offenders are tapped on the bum; others waste into system.

Prisoners don't live cushy on tax dollars. Westville Correctional Center is a dumping ground. Violent and nonviolent offenders housed together. Gangs charging rent, brutality daily, condemnable unsanitary conditions, spoiled foods, vermin, mold, insufficient weather relief (hence broken windows).

Even Guantanamo Bay prisoners received relief.

Officials often turn the other cheek. I'm not suggesting vacationing offenders. But they are still humans. Require all prisoners occupy all their time in programs.

Would recidivism plummet?

- Kim Calaman, Hobart

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