In this newspaper I have read that drug dealers receiving very light sentences to moderate jail time. The reason for this is the D.A. is soft when pleading cases with defense attorneys. The D.A. should be pleading cases strongly. For example, the first count should be 100 percent jail time, no suspended sentence.

The second part of the problem with drug sentences has to do with the judges. They should not accept plea deals unless all sentences include a lot of jail time; if not, reject the deal.

Some say, where are we going to put all the inmates? The state of Maine has a prison that they want to close, the Downeast Correctional Facility. They can be put there.

Finally, any drug dealer who has not lived in Maine for three years should be expelled from Maine. Any return would mean a five-year jail sentence.

Ernest Lake


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