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July 17, 2013

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“Keep repeat offenders off the road & in jail. This week, the Region 8 News Investigators delved into a disturbing trend that is not new to our justice system - repeat offenders.” …”In the story, it was revealed drug cases are often referred to as victim-less crime”...******

Foremost KAIT and others, with comparative naivety, must understand something about drug dealers as well as white-collar criminals. Those kinds of people are a “commodity” to state and federal prisons. And once the inmate is there it escalates. The United States State and Federal Prisons are now warehouses,a business, a business for profit all from the state and federal taxpayers.

Speaking from experience, and as an example; an 18-year old Mexican boy, named Rudy, has illegally entered into America and caught for dealing in drugs. The authorities seize his car and all his money. He cannot bail himself out or hire competent counsel. He is assigned a federal public defender, aka a federal public pretender. In typical fashion they are going to try to get "Rudy" to plead guilty regardless of guilt or innocence. In doing so they tell "Rudy" that he is looking at over 300-years in federal prison millions in fines if he goes to trial and is convicted. Now if "Rudy" pleads guilty the public defender will negotiate 25-years in a plea bargain with the federal prosecutor.

Common sense, and basic arithmetic would tell you that you had much rather get out of prison at 43 yrs. old as opposed to 318 years old. There is not many jobs out there for a 318 year old. "Rudy" now enters the United States Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons'. First thing, they teach "Rudy" is how to speak English. Why? They charge the taxpayer for that. Next, he gets an American GED at a cost of not less than $4K the prison makes. The prison fixes his teeth, if necessary, and cares for what ails him. They feed him not less than 3-times a day. The only downside is when he purchases clothing to wear such as sweat pants, shorts, shirts, and tennis shoes he normally pays 30% more than those on the outside.

In short, he was sentenced to 25 years. He will do 85% of that say 21-years. The Federal Bureau of Prisons' will make not less than $6K to educate him. Spend many-many thousands fixing and maintaining oral hygiene and health care.

During my stay in 2000 it was rumored they Federal Bureau of Prisons' received $35K per head annually. Now that is probably up to $50K per head and annually.

When this boy, "Rudy" now a man gets out he will have cost the American Taxpayer not less than $1,050,000.00 plus probably another $50K. "Rudy" is now a man, is the picture of health and is educated speaks English and armed with an American GED. "Rudy" is ready to conquer Wall Street. Problem, upon release he is placed in a Federal Bureau of Prisons' Van and taken to the closest Mexican/American Border and released in Mexico only to come right back again with a different name.

Solution; we trade, import and export many-many billions-of-dollars with Mexico on a monthly basis. When the next alien named “Rudy” is caught give him his constitutional rights to due process and whatever. Once found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons' add up
what the American taxpayer would have spent on “Rudy” and send the bill and Rudy back to Mexico, after he is DNA’d. Deduct "Rudy's" expenses or cease trading with Mexico.

I can assure you the Mexican Government will stop our prisons from being over crowded with Mexicans thus we can take down the border fences and fire the border patrols.

Gonna make a lot of politicians mad though.

That'll be $10K please.

The media's irresponsible pandering to the passions of the public has been the biggest cause of the violent aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial. I wonder how the public would have reacted had the media pointed out that Zimmerman was having his head bashed in on a concrete sidewalk before he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

You have engaged in that type of pandering to the public's passion in this editorial. Every single one of us wants people convicted of crimes to serve their entire sentence. My company was the victim of a vandalism crime that cost us over a quarter of a million dollars. It was the person's second offense for the same thing. For the first offense, he received a suspended sentence. For the second, he received 10 years in prison of which he only served 15 months. So, I speak from some knowledge on this issue of victim's rights.

However, none of us want to pay the taxes it will take to build enough prisons to house every offender for every day of his sentence. You should push for a vote for a sales tax increase to build prisons. I doubt it will receive the same vote that was received to build roads!

I think it was irresponsible of you to not talk about the costs involved in having offenders serve more of their sentences. Yes, it was a senseless crime committed by a repeat offender, but the solution to the problem is not to pander to the passions of the public but to point out the need and the cost of filling that need.

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