Former Deputy Chief of the Fresno Police Department Keith Foster’s conviction will expose many things, one being the current character and culture of Fresno.
Alex Rubalcava (letter, June 16) suggests no prison time, only probation, whereas Cynthia Woods (letter, June 18) suggest the maximum prison sentence.
Mr. Rubalcava’s “only probation” recommendation because Foster served 30 years as a Fresno police officer, sends a devastating double-standard message. Ms. Woods’ “deserves the maximum” sends a non-productive revengeful message.
Who’s right? What judicial sentencing policy can satisfy both extreme views? If “Pay your Good Deeds to Society” (GDP) was in place, possibly all sides could agree justice was served.
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Let’s say, Mr. Foster, who doesn’t really need to be rehabilitated, receives a four-year prison sentence. If he qualified for GDP and agreed to participate, he could spend 25 percent, one year, behind bars and 75 percent (three years), free on his own recognizance, and volunteer a pre-determined amount of hours a week at assigned Fresno County organizations that help those in need.
If Mr. Foster spent some tine in jail and prison, he’d experience first hand what it’s like and the mentality of the incarcerated. Combine that with his law enforcement knowledge, and we have a person with a new understanding, who can work on projects to fix California’s prison system.
The Good Deeds Program can take a negative and create a positive, allowing Fresno to reap the rewards.
T.D. Pate, Hanford