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‘It isn’t right to propose leaving these criminals running loose in our neighborhoods. We law-abiding citizens and crime victims can’t all live in the foothills. ‘ 5845

Citizen Staff Writer



The story: Arizona legislators need to reform prison sentencing guidelines that put low-level drug offenders in prison, a policy that wastes money and doesn’t make us safer, Pima County Public Defender Robert Hirsh writes in a guest opinion.

Your take: The Citizen’s online community, wants harsher sentences, and not drug treatment, for drug offenders. Some representative comments:

• “Evidently Mr. Hirsh has never lived in a neighborhood that was taken over by ‘low-level’ drug dealers.” 5845

• “These so-called ‘low-level’ types are a cancer on our society.” 3845

• “Massive, massive fines. When they don’t pay, then they go to jail. If they pay, money goes for treatment.” 3555

• “.22 round in the back of the head: 10 cents.” specdrom, commenting on the fact that a drug court probationer costs $3.13 a day, compared with $73.07 for a day in prison.

• “Obviously there are way too many people around these days. At some point . . . these criminals will have to be dealt with in a humane but final way. It’s either that or we’ll all live like crap.” JimHH



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