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Letter: Throwing away the key not the answer

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

This is in response to what I read in the Gazette-Journal titled "Make the punishment fit the offender" (Readers Write, Sept. 2, 2010). It truly disturbs me that someone wants to throw every person with legal troubles under our state prisons. Obviously rehabilitation is not in this woman’s vocabulary. Sure, everyone should suffer some sort of consequence for breaking the laws. But throwing someone in their 20s with a drug problem in prison for the rest of their life is definitely not the way to go about it.

I think the judges and commonwealth’s attorneys fully understand this; that is why they are in the positions that they are in. I thank God for that, because if someone like Mrs. Lund were in these positions, they’re would be a lot of good people rotting in prison. I don’t think the reason behind the repeat offenders is because of a lack of punishment. If anything, it’s because "law-abiding citizens" lik...

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