Public officials shouldn’t get soft sentences

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In my opinion the early parole of Jane Orie just goes to show you that the entire legal, political and judicial systems in Pennsylvania are totally corrupt (“Jane Orie to Be Freed From Prison Feb. 9,” Nov. 22). 

When public servants like Orie, a former state senator, and countless others get caught stealing and are convicted (in Orie’s case, of theft of services, conspiracy, forgery and tampering with evidence), they should be sentenced to “hard time” and they should have their respective sentences doubled because they are public servants and have totally and criminally abused their positions. There should be no leniency at all for these thieves!

Because the system is corrupt, their buddies and friends who are still holding positions of authority cut them every break known to mankind. How does one receive a 2 1/​2-year to 10-year prison sentence on 14 felony counts and serve a mere 22 1/​2 months and get released? How does the other Orie sister, former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, get to do her time in a half-million-dollar home?

All of these folks should be sharing cells with other convicted felons in Western Pen or the Allegheny County Jail. I would love to see mandatory sentencing guidelines apply to these folks, but because they are the ones writing the laws we will never see a real change.

JEFFERY JACKSON
Ohio Township


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