Criminal justice system a joke

Referencing the June 3 story in the Daily Sun News about the two juveniles being sentenced to 30 days in the juvenile detention center and having to do 40 hours of community service...these are criminals, not burglars, they are the worst of the worst. They did not just burglarize, they terrorized and trashed someone's home and prized possessions, to the tune of $97,000.

Their sentence is a joke! That is the reason that the criminals are laughing at our judicial system and the rest of us are crying. The only victims again are the taxpaying citizens, who have no rights!

Why are the criminals not obligated to pay for damages? Why are the parents not obligated to pay? But here again, if they were sentenced to pay restitution, who would collect?

I wonder if this deed were to have been done to the judge's house if the sentence would have been the same. The people who are in charge are not doing their job, which is to protect the law abiding citizens.

We have allowed criminals to get away with tinted windows, loud music, driving without a license or insurance, graffiti and stealing with little or no punishment, and they wonder why these people progress to more serious crimes.

Recently, the Supreme Court threw out a conviction in Yakima County because the trial was held in the basement of the courthouse, making the jurors prejudiced. Give me a break! If they are caught committing a crime, how is that racial profiling?

We will never make a dent in crime until we have consequences, otherwise we will become Mexico where the criminals are in charge.

Let's start by enforcing all of the laws that are on the books, secondly making the criminals start paying restitution instead of the rest of us who are not committing crimes.

/s/ Don Young, Sunnyside


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