Why not greater truth in sentencing?

I agree with Gov. Larry Hogan’s position that violent criminals should receive longer sentences and have to serve the full sentence (“Mosby supports ‘truth in sentencing,’ seeks distinction for nonviolent offenders,” Aug. 30). If violent criminals know that the judges will suspend most of the sentence or that they will not serve the entire sentence, then there is no real incentive to stay away from committing violent crimes. The fact that judges would not even discuss their sentencing guidelines was shameful.

If you are going to eliminate most of the sentence, then why not explain the rationale for it? That is not being swayed by public clamor or fear of criticism. Too bad judges can’t be held responsible for their decisions and bear some responsibility for them. If they release someone early and that individual commits another violent crime and kills someone, what is the judge’s responsibility for that lost life? And why should Ben Jealous to be incensed because he would not be allowed in the meeting? He was not a member of the council — period.

And as far as City Councilman Brandon Scott’s recent comments that Governor Hogan would not meet with him, that’s just typical of the city councilman trying to glorify his own position in the city. The timing of the meeting “reeks of politics?” That is grandstanding on the part of Mr. Jealous who wants to be Maryland’s next governor. It’s Messrs. Jealous and Scott whose behavior reeks of politics, not the commission.

Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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