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  •  While I have a problem with the lengthy (1+ / 0-)
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    Daddy Bartholomew

    sentencing for drug possession and in some cases selling, and agree we must curb this I must take issue with you on one point you seemed to throw out for several categories. "Nonviolent crime" is a misnomer in many cases. For those felons returning for more violent offenses, if you review their records you see that 98% of them started out as "nonviolent criminals" who were given probation and other treatment options prior to their being incarcerated.

    Many B&E inmates progress to burglary (usually defined as breaking into a residence at night when the owners are most likely at home) and from there they progress to rape and other violent acts.

    Perhaps, what we need is an earlier emphasis on parental responsabilities, so that young offenders get the guidance and monitoring that is best performed by someone who knows and hopefully loves and cares for them. Please do not mix terms as you did and confuse issues. Another thing most people don't differentiate is the term "war on drugs" which most associate with the battle to stop drugs from coming across the border into the US as opposed to your salient point about increased incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders. In other words they more then likely will not equate the two and do not realize incarceration as a byproduct verses a punishment.

    Words escape me, but deeds are always noticed

    by utopia on Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 10:15:57 AM PDT

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