The PG's editorial criticism of the sentence that Judge Lester Nauhaus gave to the latest convicted member of the Orie "crime family" overlooked a very important point ("Creative Injustice: A Low Penalty for High Misconduct Is a Disgrace," May 9). The judge expressed a belief that incarceration was appropriate only for violent offenders. This is an important and increasingly urgent issue. The prison industry, which includes the expansion of for-profit facilities and burgeoning ranks of prison guards, has become a serious burden of public expenditure.
Furthermore, incarcerating former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin might serve only to bolster her claim of victimhood. Nelson Mandela went to prison. Martin Luther King went to prison. Public humiliation of the proud and arrogant is entirely appropriate.