July 7, 2014 10:20:49 AM
Reader expects crime to increase
So, prosecutors are worried that crooks will take advantage of more lenient sentencing, and any fool knows they will. Defense attorneys are heralding the new laws as a step forward, but time will tell for whom. Some are glad because they have kin serving time for selling drugs. Boo hoo. They knew what the consequences were if they got caught, and they got caught.
So it's ok for a jobless man to sell drugs to feed his family? What about the people who get robbed by addicts trying to pay for their habits? Those people are just trying to feed their families too.
Prosecutors have something else to worry over. A lot of people have the attitude that "nothing I have is worth dying to steal, but everything I have is worth killing to keep." Right or wrong, I think we will see more burglars and robbers getting killed while plying their trade because the bar for qualifying a crime as a felony has been raised.
You know, there was a time, not so long ago, when a man would never think of turning to crime to feed his family. He would take any job available and quit having children he couldn't support. That was then and this is now.