Pubdate: Sun, 22 Sep 2002
Source: Plain Dealer, The (OH)
Copyright: 2002 The Plain Dealer
Author: Joseph Carroccio
Note: Headline by newshawk.


I read with disappointment about the poll The Plain Dealer commissioned 
regarding Issue 1, the drug treatment initiative. I thought how unfortunate 
that those opposed to Issue 1 are under the assumption that it is more 
expensive to offer treatment than incarceration. If the voting public had 
the figures given to them correctly and looked at the money saved in crime 
reduction, people would likely feel differently.

Then I read with horror about the murder and dismemberment of Kristen 
Jackson. A young girl, with her whole life before her, was snuffed out 
before she even had a chance to really enjoy her place on this planet. Then 
I read about the suspect in the case of Kristen, Joel Yockey, a man who was 
just released six months ago after serving a 15-year sentence for raping a 
17-year-old in 1986.

This man probably was released from prison to free up a bed. His time was 
served, and there are 1,000 minor drug offenders who must serve their 
mandatory sentences.

Those of you opposed to Issue 1, look at it again. Review the tragedies 
perpetrated over the last summer against children in our communities by 
repeat violent offenders, and ask yourselves who you would rather have in 
your community: a recovering addict or a violent offender who has his eye 
on your children.

Joseph Carroccio

Cleveland Heights
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