To the Editor:

Any damn fool can see that the more criminals that are locked up, the lower the crime rate will be. There are fewer people available to commit the crimes. Naturally the statistics reflect this simple fact.

Your columnist Rep. Jason Lorber (March 24) makes this obvious point, then he segues into a breathtaking non sequitur: Experts widely agree that there is no cause and effect relationship between the two.

If he can't tell the difference between an expert and a driveling idiot, why have we elected him? The purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect the public. We don't want criminals rehabilitated, we want them incapacitated. If the cheapest way is to crowd them ever more tightly into our existing prisons, fine. If not, let us go back to hanging them.

I want every potential criminal terrorized by the certain knowledge that, if he commits his crime, the rest of his life will be miserable or short or both.

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