Reform needed

Posted Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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In light of the high profile light sentences of a teen driving drunk and killing four people and a Dallas Cowboy serving 180 days in jail and 10 years probation for driving drunk and killing his best friend, I as well as my fellow Texans should start to question our criminal justice system and demand answers.

There are thousands of people incarcerated in Texas prisons for much lesser offenses, not able to afford a lawyer and dependent on a court appointed attorney to defend them. Our tax dollars are paying for the incarceration of these people. Their sentences are not only unjust, but are inundating the Texas prisons with offenders who should have received lesser sentences, thus less time in taxpayer funded facilities, making room for more serious offenders.

Candidates in the upcoming elections must address this serious injustice in our state criminal justice system and acknowledge that there need to be changes.

— Lynne Harmon,

Fort Worth

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