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Skeptical about inmates

Posted: October 5, 2010 7:57 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Whenever I read an article in The Signal decrying the plight of criminals as they serve their all-too-short sentences, I am always skeptical of the author’s intentions.

Jonathan Randles’ “Behind razor wire, families re-unite” (Sept. 25) ramped up my level of skepticism.

Poor inmate Carlos Valenzuela as he serves his jail sentence at Pitchess Detention Center. His poor children must suffer the loss of their father while he repays his debt to society. Poor, poor criminal.

First, one does not receive a three-year prison sentence to serve in a county jail. He goes to state prison for that. Mr. Randles needs to do his homework on that misrepresentation.

Second, to receive a three-year sentence, you have to have a fairly long rap sheet. What about inmate Valenzuela’s past record? After coming here with what I presume were his illegal-immigrant parents, did he stay out of gangs and trouble?
C’mon Randles, tell the public this individual’s background.

Third, to play on children’s heartache for the absence of their father is pitiful. “Daddy, Daddy, where have you been? When are you coming home?” Tell the children the truth. “I committed a terrible crime, and now must pay my debt to society. I am coming home when I finish serving my sentence.”

Fourth, why do these criminals have a forum to claim their innocence of any responsibility?

Grace Baptist Church, my heart goes out to you and your stellar efforts to serve the community through the Returning Hearts event. May I suggest you help those in real need rather than 56-year-old career criminals, and especially those who are convicted of serious crimes.


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