In our opinion: Alternatives to incarceration look positive in Utah

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  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    Feb. 6, 2018 12:06 p.m.

    What I got from this is that they are proposing teaching petty offenders how to do something constructive with their lives. I don't think they are talking about rapists and murders. There are some people who should never be free in society - they have proven they cannot or will not live by the rules of a civilized people. But those who have made mistakes, not vicious crimes, could be educated to be productive citizens. I think it is worth a try.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    As nice as your headline sounds it doesn't match the facts surfacing in re the over cost of the new prison in Salt Lake City. Your editorial the other day was about the need for more prisons and the need for more prisoners. You quoted several of the regional prisons relying on a stable and full prison population in order to pay the "mortgage" payments. The need was based on their receipts of payments to house prisoners from other jurisdictions. Not once have I seen or heard of the need for the prison system to change it's Utahn cultural position that prison is good for the redemption of the offender. Prison should always been the last step by society . Prisons should be based on the concept that if we want redemption we must provide the programs and the incentives to the offender. Locking them up away from the reach of their families and throwing away the key will never answer the criminal problems of an enlightened society. That is of course if you want to claim you are enlightened.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 6, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    This is nice but, how many of the original 13 have committed crimes to date? I am also concerned by how lenient (short or no sentences) our legal system is on people who commit more serious crimes. It is evident that many crimes are committed by people who are career criminals who have been released by the system after a token amount of time in prison or who have not received a prison sentence worthy of their crimes. I would love to see the judge and defense lawyers held at least partially accountable for the crimes committed by released criminals who were advocated or deemed not to be a threat to society by.

    Our legal system is very weak and there are many victims of those who should have been locked up at the time the crime was committed.