JERRY R. MULLIKIN, Kennewick
In its recent editorial, "Tougher laws needed for juvenile gun crimes," the Tri-City Herald editorial board failed to openly consider there may be underlying motives other than "public safety" behind King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, state Sen. Adam Kline and Rep. Christopher Hurst's proposed legislation that would "clamp down" on juveniles convicted of gun crimes.
Consider this: Tougher sentences help prosecutors, such as Dan Satterberg, gain greater leverage to push for guilty pleas from defendants and reduce the number of cases that go to trial. National statistics show 90-95 percent of criminal cases are resolved by plea bargains. If every defendant demanded a trial, the criminal justice system would collapse shortly thereafter -- the end.
Fundamental family values are miserably falling by the wayside within this country. Our children are being raised by proxy. Troubled children stem from being put on the back burner with nowhere to go and no one to know. They then turn to gadgets, alcohol, drugs and even crime. All the while, indifferent parents continue to struggle with their own problematic lives. The time for change is at hand -- one child at a time.