The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 28, 2014

Student Voice: Punishment to fit crime


The Daily Item

— On April 9, 2104 an article caught my eye: a convicted criminal who endangered the lives of five victims via break-ins and only received petty enforcement of $1,000 to the five victims in restitution and a weak 13 years in prison. This man caused crimes and havoc within Union County, with six felony counts, four conspiracies to commit burglary, as well as eleven misdemeanor charges. Laws are being enforced, but not hard enough for him to learn a lesson. His crime history shows minimal progress of learning lessons from going to jail.

People obviously don’t realize the consequences of their actions, and should really pay attention to what they’re getting themselves into breaking the law. Appropriate punishments should teach individuals these lessons.

My suggestion would be to give him a harsher punishment. This man should really learn how to walk the chalk line — 20 years and 5 years parole would be applicable. The offender has six federal charges, and should be treated that way.

This man is a criminal and should be put in jail for much longer than what he is getting. He holds more charges under his belt than that of some people in jail for 25 years. He needs hard time to make up for his mistakes.

Wesley Dunham

Selinsgrove High School