LETTER: Big Moose forum to consider state of criminal justice system

To the Editor:

What’s wrong with America’s criminal justice system? It seems to create crime rather than protect the public.

An open forum on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. will address the injustice issues in America’s criminal justice system. 

Naomi Jaffe of New York State Prisoner Justice Network will chair the forum and Q and A.

There is no cost nor free-will offering.

The forum will be held at the Big Moose Community Chapel.

Legislators, police, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys all agree the system is broken. It injures families and foments violence.

One of every 28 American children has one or more parents caught up in the criminal justice system.

Instead of receiving treatment in mental health facilities people with mental illnesses are in prison.

People with addiction problems receive not rehabilitation, but mandatory prison sentences. American taxpayers are charged billions of dollars annually for these broken processes.

America incarcerates far more of its citizens than any other country in the world.

Upon release from prison, formerly incarcerated persons cannot vote and cannot live in public housing even if that is their family’s home.

Surely we can do better than this.

William Hydon, Old Forge

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