Prisoners should pay

I can’t help but comment on Jeff Nagel’s article headlined “Embattled courts on way to ‘tipping point' " ...

I can’t help but comment on Jeff Nagel’s article  headlined “Embattled courts on way to ‘tipping point,’” in the Dec. 17 edition of The News.

The problem with our justice system is the fact that the costs are due to the absence of proper judgments. When an offender is tried they are given a jail sentence at the expense of the public, via our taxation system, instead of placing all the charges against the offender or the offenders immediate family members to teach the offender a financial lesson they will remember the next they decide to break the law. Or when the offender commits a heinous crime, they are placed within the jails at the expense of the taxpayers.

It’s as if the taxpayers are the guilty ones. But here again the prisoner receives free room and board for years on end, instead of placing all the expenses upon the prisoner or upon the prisoner’s immediate family members, even if properties are to be confiscated – again teaching the offenders and their immediate family members crime does not pay. Doing it this way will cause all family members to police each other from going astray.

For real heinous crimes, an early death sentence should be used and the portion spent in jail should be charged against the immediate family members. This action would give the victims family members closure to their family member’s departure. The way I see it, those in the justice system must blame themselves for the out-of-control expenses they caused via the abuse of our tax dollars.

Rick Mueller

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