Poor Stephanie Nodd was just a money courier in a drug operation, a criminal enterprise, and in a sting operation, got arrested, receiving a 30-year sentence.

Too bad, because the overwhelming percentage of crime in this country is committed by just such drug operations and their poor hapless dealers, growers, couriers and users, etc. That means that, indirectly, drug-dealing operations and use account for 60-70 percent of all crime: burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, robberies, assaults and some murders. That is the real reason three strikes and you're out and other mandatory sentencing were implemented 30 years ago.

People are sick of the crime. Thirty years ago, New York City cut its crime by over 50 percent by implementing mandatory sentences and putting, especially, drug users and dealers in jail. Stephanie claims she hurt no one, and that's just not true. If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime.

Art Van Tielen