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Letter: Time to review release, sentencing procedures

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From: Gene Ernst


Received: Feb. 15

According to a recent news story, a former Edinburgh man, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison in 1988, was again convicted earlier this year of armed bank robbery and theft and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The most recent conviction was in connection with a June 24, 2012, bank robbery. This simply means that he served 24 years, possibly 27 if he was held in jail the three years between the time of the murder and his conviction. Time off for good behavior does mean something and time off granted for earning a bachelor’s degree — OK, but 33 years credit?

Is it not a wonder why people have a questioning attitude of our, what I would consider lenient, court system?

This man gives every former inmate a bad rap making it harder for them to have credibility out in the workforce upon their release.

No system is perfect, that I acknowledge. No prison psychologist or social worker knows with certainty what is going to happen upon a prisoner’s release.

I am simply wondering if it is time for a review of the sentencing and release procedures? I mean does 27 of 60 years in prison for the brutal murder and beating of another human being seem to be proportionate with the crime?

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