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Opinion

March 18, 2013

Catch-and-release felons place public in danger

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Lavoie is rightly outraged.

“Four months doesn’t erase the trauma,” Lavoie said. “I felt violated and I have no faith in the justice system anymore.

“Every day you see on TV how people like this are let off all the time,” Lavoie said. “But you don’t hear about how they hurt their victims. Why do they keep letting these people out? If they do it once, they’ll do it again.”

It is easy to understand why victims such as Lavoie see this as a light sentence. A criminal who would be so bold as to enter a person’s home at night is committing an act that not only traumatizes the victim, it also destroys the precious sense of safety and security that “home” represents. This is the kind of behavior that should not be tolerated, as it seems likely to be a stepping stone to far worse acts.

We agree with the victims in these cases — they deserved better from the criminal justice system.

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