The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 15, 2013

Letter: Apply principles to incarceration


Enid News & Eagle

— Why aren’t all states giving offenders the same length of criminal sentence for the same crime? So, as to say, a robbery in Alaska should carry the same number of years as a robbery in Texas.

Some states have the death penalty for capital offenses, and other states have ruled execution as a cruel and unusual punishment and do not even have the death penalty as an impassable sentence.

As for length of sentences, some states have life without parole as being natural life, and some states consider a life sentence to equate to 20 years.

If congress is so gung-ho about making a health care package universal across the board, state to state, regardless of age, income, etc., why can’t they seem to do it with length of incarceration?

I’m sure it would loosen the belt a little on the prison overcrowding and free up some much needed tax dollars.

James Campbell

Hominy