Letter to the Editor: Sentencing guidelines

I read a recent article regarding new sentencing guidelines issued by the attorney general in Delaware.

The article states that Attorney General Jennings believes that overabundant and redundant minimum mandatory sentences lead the poor and “traditionally underrepresented” to re-offend once released from jail.

Really? Perhaps we should consider that the re-offenders are just looking for a way to steal something that someone else worked for and use the funds to fuel their own vices. The attorney general also suggests that those habitual offenders who have committed violent felonies and drug crimes, the so called three strike offenders” be given a second chance. Haven’t they already been given three chances?

Before touting the successes of the rehabilitation programs, let’s make sure to publish the recidivism rates of these programs with as much fanfare.

Enabling convicted criminals is not the way to stop crime. We must stop characterizing the criminals as the victims. Law-abiding citizens are the ones who have worked to earn what they have and followed the laws. They are the victims of these criminals and should be afforded the protection they deserve.

Attorney General Jennings states that her guidelines “are just, necessary and true to our highest values”. I couldn’t disagree more. The whole article is rife with maudlin sentiment toward criminal behavior. If you think that being soft on crime is a successful strategy, just take a look at Baltimore City, where that approach has failed miserably.

David Williams

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