Why dif­fer­ences in pun­ish­ment?

The Daily Herald - - OPINION - Kim­berly Spjut

I read the story about the Marysville man plead­ing guilty to hit and run. He hit a woman so hard she rolled on the hood of his car and rolled off. He stopped a few yards away knew he hit some­one and drove off. He left this woman with bro­ken bones and a lac­er­ated liver. He hid his car for weeks. His pun­ish­ment is up to a year in jail. With time off for good be­hav­ior he will be out in eight months.

My son is in the Marysville jail on six mis­de­meanors. He was maxed out on each charge and they are to run con­sec­u­tively for a to­tal of over 2,000 days or seven years. These are theft charges or shoplifting. He is a heroin ad­dict who re­lapsed af­ter 174 days, so no more treat­ment, just go to jail. The judge called him a virus on so­ci­ety, but he never in­jured any­one and left them bro­ken on the side of the road, yet he will spend more time in jail.

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