Letter to the Editor: Keep killers separate
BY Barbara Wade, Wagoner
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 7:42 AM
If a person commits first-degree murder, the sentence should be life without parole.
If a person commits second-degree murder, the sentence should be life with a chance of parole.
Murderers should not be housed with any other criminals.
People who commit crimes against others, with the exception of murderers, should be on work farms, growing their own food, and giving any earnings to their victims.
People who commit crimes against themselves, such as drug ingestion, should be housed away from all other criminals. They should be "degreed-in-reverse" through a prison vo-tech system. No one should be released without being drug free, obtaining a GED, and learning a productive skill. Everyone should be taught how to read a bus schedule.
Motels in industrial areas should be encouraged to become affordable housing for those who have become "degreed-in-reverse," who are attempting to repay fines, attorney fees and court costs, while having a place to live, eat and work.
As it stands, justice and the law are poles apart, and crime is as much big business for detention centers, bondsmen and attorneys as it is for gang bosses and drug lords.
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