Lower prison counts: Support private organizations who help the less fortunate

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  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    I read about a fully employed Aerospace Engineer, who was denied healthcare coverage because he had a pre-existing condition (cancer).

    Despair to save his life,
    he robbed a bank for a whole $1
    Just so he could go to prison and get medical treatment.

    [Bank robbery he figured is a federal crime, with mandatory prison time - so, by only asking for 1 dollar during the robbery, he explained to the Judge he was harm or threat to society.]

    Is America - the greatest nation on Earth - really this messed-up?

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    I like the tenor of this editorial.

    My only comment would be to suggest that sentencing and penalties are a reflection of majority emotionality. An article like this is helpful and compassionate, but I fear that people act unjustly over mere allegations of emotionally-charged crimes, express their antipathy to the alleged crime ( "Someone must pay") being little concerned about justice, and ready to convict an innocent suspect.

    Stiff penalties which serve to protect people against dangerous amd habitual criminals, when proven guilty, but wince when I see "Cops" shows that demonstrate that most arrests are for possession of (not trafficking in) illegal drugs and the severe and uneven handling of (often mild) family disputes.

    I would like to see some basic understanding of common human problems and the will to help and not always to punish the taxpayer in order to support the private agendas of vociferous pressure groups.

    I think also that juries are sometimes either poor in assessing guilt and innocence, emotional rather than objective, have seen jury selection that was improper and highly questionable. I believe that juries should consist of people of some experience, unimpeachable character, that know the man/woman in the dock.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    One of the prime driving forces opposing things like those described in this article is a shady, secretive outfit called the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

    ALEC tries to use immense money from big corporations to influence legislation at state and local levels. Most of its members are Republicans serving in state legislatures throughout the country. Most of Utah's state representatives and senators are members.

    Among the destructive things ALEC pushes are continued low taxes on corporations and their elite. Less funding for rehabilitation of people like those described here and for even stiffer minimum mandatory sentences for wide range of crimes. Those minimum sentences are needed to support another of their major agendas -- privatization of prisons.

    Yes, prisons for profit.

    If you have not already heard of ALEC and its destructive agendas, please make an effort to learn. Just Google ALEC. You'll be amazed -- and appalled at what you find.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    States could save millions by eliminating the death penalty, but that doesn't mean they will.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    Lets cut the budget by reasonably lowering our prison count. Other countries get by with less prisoners, perhaps we can too.