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  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    A predictable answer from John Charity Spring; Imprison them all longer. Yeah John, we are running out of money. So lets stop with your mindset of cage everyone we don't like for life and start coming up with real answers. We don't need to imprison half the people we do. Its a system designed to make money for private industry's. Get it?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    Whil I agree more adiquate funding is needed as part of the solution, i think it is unfair to claim the letter writer is in anyway arguing to release all prisoners and frankly such a unneccassary attack only hurts your own argument. It really is possible for you to also have a valid point without the other person being wrong.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    I rarely find myself in agreement with Mr. Spring, but in this case, he's right. I would add that as long as prisons remain grad school for career crooks, recidivism rates will remain high. Why not increase rehabilitation efforts, make more education available, increase funding for job training?

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    This comment demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of Utah's criminal justice system. The Board of Pardons is not the problem here, the Legislature is.

    The fact is that the Legislature does not provide adequate funding for the prison. Thus, the Board has to release prisoners before it is safe to do so. Each new prisoner means that a old one must be released to make room.

    Perhaps this commenter would just prefer that all prisoners be released and given tulips and lollipops. The way things are going with the Legislature, that may well happen.