Letters to the Editor

June 27, 2013

Catching and releasing criminals

It seems that the federal government is forcing California into a catch-and-release social program whether we want to be in the program or not.

It seems that the federal government is forcing California into a catch-and-release social program whether we want to be in the program or not.

For instance, if one of our citizens commits a crime against another citizen (without due regard to the victim's constitutional rights), we catch them and with due considerations for the criminal's constitutional rights, we try them (at considerable expense) and when they are found guilty, sentence them to a term in prison. Then the federal courts comes along and tell us we can't violate the criminal's constitutional rights by putting them into a crowded prison, thus requiring us to set them free to commit other crimes, and when they do, we then just have to do the whole thing all over again.

Does the federal government have so little regard for the people of this state that they condone the release of criminals? I know that the Constitution just provides guidelines, but it is the federal judges that interpret this and they seem to be on the side of the criminals.

JIM E. SMALLWOOD

Modesto

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