Pubdate: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Copyright: 2011 The Sacramento Bee Contact: http://mapinc.org/url/0n4cG7L1 Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/376 Author: Glenn Backes ADDICT'S SENTENCE TOO HARSH Re "Addict is face of new jail law" (Page A1, Oct. 21): I am appalled by the Sacramento County probation office seeking a 21-year prison term for a 64-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran for showing symptoms of his addiction. He bought heroin. The gentleman has no prior serious or violent crimes. He belongs in drug treatment or a VA hospital, not in lockup. I am not at all impressed that in light of a new law realigning the chairs on the prison ship, the District Attorney's Office sought a penalty of six years in county jail and another five years on probation instead. It's still a massive waste of taxpayer dollars, and just plain wrong. We cannot count on prosecutors to be responsible stewards of public money. It's up to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to reform our drug laws, and stop wasting lives and money. Glenn Backes Sacramento - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.