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Editor: 

Once again it appears as though some people do not understand the law; in the paper there was an article in which a prosecutor states, "He said rehabilitation is not the goal for murder incarceration, however, the goal in such cases is deterrence and the safety of the rest of society..." I wish when people in authority say things that they say what is correct.

Did you know that inmates have a right to rehabilitate? It starts within: "Art. 1, section 15. Penal code to be humane. The penal code shall be framed on the humane principles of reformation and prevention." In this case, reformation means rehabilitation. You should also notice that it has an "and" not an "or." This means that reformation is the goal for everyone that comes to prison, and as a prosecutor he should know these things.

Al of this leads me to another question: How did the courts determine that a person can be sentenced under; "A sentence is imposed for one or more of four purposes: (1) rehabilitation; (2) punishment (specific deterrence and retribution); (3) example to others (general deterrence); and (4) removal from society (incapacitation or protection of the public)." It is my understanding that only the legislative body can write laws, and that would be; "Art. 1, section 15. Penal code to be humane. The penal code shall be framed on the humane principles of reformation and prevention." 

Courts will not read words into a statute. I don't see anything about retribution or incapacitation, plus there is the thought underlining "humane principles." One of my favorites is you should treat everyone the way you would like to be treated, or "Do not use people as a means to an end." Now I know some of the individuals in the judicial branch of the government will tell you that sentencing is different, but the problem with this idea is that, again the courts have ruled there is no conviction until sentencing, meaning that the sentence is the penal code.

Sincerely, 

DAN HARRIS, Inmate, Torrington

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