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Lack of jail time for offenders alarming

I read The Corydon Democrat newspaper every week, and I am wondering if I am the only one that reads and pays attention to the number of arrests and charges that are listed in the weekly paper. Am I the only one that pays attention to the follow-up dispositions for all of these arrests?

In this week’s edition of The Corydon Democrat, dated Nov. 4, 2020, there were 58 arrests listed. Of those 58 arrests, 33 are felonies and 25 are misdemeanors. Of those 58 arrests, 32 arrests are of people who are from outside of Harrison County and 26 are residents of Harrison County. I follow these numbers, and it is this way every week.

Just a short list of the charges are unlawful possession of drugs, possession of meth, possession of cocaine,  DWI’s, criminal recklessness, sexual battery, possession of syringes, child molestation, burglary and the list goes on and on every week. The police agencies do a great job of arresting these people and booking them into jail. It’s all downhill after that.

What really bothers and disturbs me is that when you read the final dispositions for these crimes and charges is that it is nearly always a suspended sentence. Of the 20 dispositions listed in this week’s paper and three listed in last week’s paper, 24 total sentences suspended with a few spending a few days in jail before final disposition. Some had multiple charges and, therefore, multiple suspended sentences.

What kind of message does this system of local justice send to these people, especially the people who come here week after week from all over Southern Indiana and Louisville and any other city from afar?

It sends the message that if you are arrested for a felony or a misdemeanor in Harrison County, you are likely to get a suspended sentence for the crimes that you commit, because the record and history speaks for itself, every week, every month.

It is no wonder that Harrison County and the  Harrison Superior Court judge are known as the suspended sentence county of Indiana, a place where you can truly get by with your crimes and you can come back again and again and you will be given your suspended sentence.

Thanks, and I hope to hear from hundreds of you, especially the Harrison County Superior Court. What are your thoughts on this?

Patty Coffman | Corydon, Ind.