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Jail questions

Dear editor:

I'd like to respond to the articles on the Garland County Detention Center written by David Showers. Thanks to him, I learned a few things: (1) I did not know that $500,000 in annual reimbursement payments go to the county's general fund instead of back into the jail's funds. I see no reason why the county doesn't send that money to the jail system for training employees and opening up the extra bed space in the detention center. If it is reimbursements, why not? (2) I didn't realize that the July 10 meeting of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee's meeting was a secret. Has the public and press always been excluded from their meetings?

I personally would rather see the criminals locked up for the safety of the citizens. How do they determine the mindset of the person they are releasing? Yes, less violent offenders should be released early, but do they release the newly captured person after only a few hours? What recourse do the judges who sentence these people have?

Maybe I am confused as to how the law works. I thought if you committed a crime, you went before a judge and/or jury and you were then found not guilty or guilty of the crime. Thus, if guilty, you were sentenced to a length of time behind bars. Am I now to believe that our Garland County Detention Center has to release one to get one? That makes for a sad day in our neighborhoods.

L.J. Gibson

Hot Springs

Fomenting hate

Dear editor:

When a bank is robbed and someone killed by the robbers, the driver of the getaway car, waiting outside, possibly not even carrying a gun, is considered by law a murderer. A person who participates or plans or instigates the crime is as guilty as the criminal who does the act.

This legal nicety being true, and it is, I believe that President Trump is guilty of murder.

By condoning and even commending hate groups in general and White Supremacist/racist groups in particular, President Trump has instigated lawless violence resulting in numerous murders. Fomenting hate is, in some ways, perhaps worse than pulling the trigger because it is not a brief time-limited action but an interrupted and resumed series of actions. Unlike bullets, which usually have particular singular targets, vitriolic speech acts like a poison spreading in a pool, which kills or injures for an extended period.

It may not be possible to prosecute him for his crimes until 2020, but impeachment would be possible were it not for Malignant Mitch, my alternate name for the growth festering on the Senate floor.

Stuart Jay Silverman

Hot Springs

Editorial on 08/07/2019

Print Headline: Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

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