State your promises
I am writing in regard to Scott Williamsí letter to the editor asking people to vote him in as stateís attorney.
I have seen the news over the years about the cost of corrections, which is over half of the entire state budget. The prison system has evolved into some type of industry here in Vermont, now contracting with for-profit prisons. You talk about these proven models that you will be using to reduce crime, empower victims, etc. In this day and age, people are falling victim to lousy police work, most of the time ruining the lives of both criminals and their victims. You have victims giving stories to police that are not true in their entirety. Police are not mathematicians, therefore are not skilled in things like propositional logic. This results in many cases being blown way out of proportion from what they actually are.
Itís not even because people are lying. They just lack the education necessary in order to describe what happened to them properly. This often results in people using exaggerated words in order to describe events in an effort to ensure that they are understood, which results in many people being charged with excessive crimes rather than being charged with the crimes they actually committed. Likewise, the people being charged with these crimes end up pleading guilty to excessive charges because a lot of times they donít understand, either.
The state obviously does not have the money to keep up with the amount of people going into the system. We are now taking money away from road repairs, investing in technology and medical care. All so that we can run jails, which eventually let criminals back to society in a short period of time. I suspect that this is done because most prisoners in our system are classified as community custody and are not immediately dangerous.
I guess my question for Williams is, as stateís attorney, how do you plan to reduce the amount of money spent on baby-sitting everyone? That way, that money can be invested in things we need much more, like roads, bridges, education, medical care and of course good educational opportunities for youth ó so they donít end up in the system in the first place.
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