Letter: Jail and court fines

June 14, 2014 

Stacey Struthers (Letters, June 13) suggests that the solution to concerns about court fines and "debtors' jail" is simple: "Don't break the law." If only it were that simple!

However, the world is made up of imperfect human beings. We make mistakes and poor choices, and sometimes those choices run up against the law. When that happens, I believe there should be consequences, but adding overwhelming additional penalties (including 12 percent interest), then requiring jail time to further punish the destitute who are already not able to bear the load, are not actions worthy of a just society.

There can and should be other options for atonement and restoration.

JANE SCHMOETZER, Richland

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