Courts, not arrests, at heart of crime problem

September 30, 2013

The vitriolic discourse between Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley should be directed to the judges and courts ("Don't return to a failed crime-fighting strategy," Sept. 22).

The number of arrests don't matter if the courts fail to give meaningful sentences. Most of the recidivists, when caught, have long records and should not even be on the streets. It makes no sense to give a sentence for a violent crime, suspend most of it and then release the defendant on time served (because they could not post bond).

Rehabilitation is a figment in someone's imagination, not a reality. The public should be protected, but more arrests is not the answer.

Pat Ragin, Nottingham

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