Why has the justice system in North Carolina taken the habitual offender law, which was originally designed for violent offenders, and turned it on low-level offenders? Low-level offenders have thus been given more prison time than violent offenders.
I know we have to have a punishment for those who break the law, but let the punishment fit the crime and stop using the habitual offender law to make careers for judges, district attorneys and legislators.
I also believe that a new law that would make the punishment fit the crime would save tax dollars by not giving such lengthy prison terms to low-level offenders.
Cecil Wayne Suggs
The writer is an inmate at the Caldwell Correctional Center.