Pubdate: Sun, 09 Jun 2002
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Green Bay Press-Gazette
Note: This is in response to a May 29 Forum letter by S.L. Lucas from 
Abrams (not in the archive).


I am a taxpayer. The truth-in-sentencing law does need to be changed back 
to the old law. Has Lucas or anyone she loves ever been sentenced to 
prison? Obviously not.

Wisconsin is no longer known as the Dairy State. We are now known as the 
lock-up state. I think people are crazy to move here. We are so worried 
about locking people up we don't have the money to help the homeless or the 
poor. Did Lucas ever think that if we didn't have so many people locked up, 
the state would have more money to put toward the homeless/poor instead of 
paying other states to hold our inmates?

If Lucas wants the free dental, medical, food, etc., go to prison. I'm sure 
any one of the inmates would trade places with her. The poor and homeless 
can get free attorneys also, but they don't always do all they can, so it's 
not exactly an advantage.

Lucas has the right to her opinion, but she is no one to say who can or 
can' t write to the paper. This is a free country, where everyone has 
rights - even those who make mistakes. We already took away their right to 
vote. But if we needed them to defend our country, I bet Lucas would think 
they were good enough.

There is only person who has the authority to judge people - and it is NOT 
S.L. Lucas.

Kerrie Brantley 
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