To the Editor,
I am glad that the assistant county and district attorneys did such a great job sentencing an addict to 68-plus years in prison. Looking at the defendantís record this has not been a solution. Were they looking for a solution or points? What is the definition of someone who keeps using the same sentencing for the same crime but expects a different outcome? Sometimes, with long drug sentences come ridiculously high fines and some counties are hiring high priced collection agencies to collect them. No really! How many strikes can you put against a person and expect them to be a success in a new life?
Fifty percent of Texas inmates are incarcerated for drugs and alcohol. What would be the difference in cost to house them in a two-year intense rehab program with the understanding that if they were not rehabilitated they would go to a regular prison? Upon release, have them check into a parole center monthly for a urine test for a year. If they make it, families would be reunited, regular prison population would be down and private management companies could go find some other way to make a profit.
Is anybody paying attention to Rand Paul or Patrick Lehey or Eric Holder? And yes, attorneys are prosecuting low level drug offenses in Texas. The key to that statement is defining what is low level? First offense, no criminal record, no violence?
On the Lehman case, itís obvious she needs treatment for mental illness. Without it, they will do things like this. If she doesnít get it and sheís free in society to do this again, is she designated a habitual criminal?