Pubdate: Tue, 09 Jan 2001
Source: Tampa Tribune (FL)
Copyright: 2001, The Tribune Co.
Author: Dianne Dunphy, Tampa


Judge Florence Foster did the right thing (Nation/World, Jan. 6). I 
would rather my tax dollars be used to treat drug offenders in a drug 
treatment program than have them wasted on feeding and housing these 
individuals in prison. These drug offenders should also be ordered to 
pay back the money for these programs either with cash or with 
mandatory work time in the counties they live in. If they can afford 
to pay for drugs, they can also afford to pay for their own treatment 
in one way or another.

The prosecutors should have more compassion. Nothing is black and 
white in life. Judges should be allowed to use common sense when 
deciding on a case. Age, race and other circumstances should be a 
factor in some cases. Foster was honest - that seems to be the 
biggest mistake made here. I admire her for her decision. l bet if 
any of these people who criticized her had a family member in court 
in which she was the judge, they would change their tune in a 
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