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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Late-night Highway 11 crash in Abbotsford sends 2 to hospital

SUV crashes through concrete dividers on Aug. 5, 1 person airlifted out

UPDATE w/ VIDEO: Stabbing at Killer’s Cove Marina in Harrison Hot Springs

Three suspects apprehended by Agassiz RCMP at the scene

Abbotsford girl, 5, hopes to raise $50k for Crystal Gala Foundation

Charlotte Charles is collecting cans and bottles to help local charity

Former Matsqui Mayor Dave Kandal dies

Kandal was key in the amalgamation of District of Matsqui and District of Abbotsford

Fraser Valley Bandits clinch first round bye with win

Bandits defeat Guelph 84-70, advance to the CEBL semifinals on Saturday

Arson suspected in several wildfires lit near Kootenay town

RCMP making progress in arson investigation of Marsh Creek fires

Three screening officers at Vancouver airport test positive for COVID-19

The public is not believed to be at risk of exposure

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid

In July, Parliament approved a $600 payment for people with disabilities facing additional expenses during COVID-19

Agreement between province, BC Hydro, First Nation, ends legal fight over Site C

B.C. will work to improve land management and restore traditional place names in areas of cultural significance

VIDEO: B.C. conservation officers free not-so-wily coyote with head stuck in jar

Poor pup was found with a glass jar stuck on its head in Maple Ridge

B.C. doctors, dentists call on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

Most Read