Much argument by supporters of the catch-and-release crime law is, to use the nicest possible word, disingenuous.
For instance, take Sen. John Coghill’s claim that reversing SB91 and returning to longer prison sentences wouldn’t affect a criminal’s likelihood of re-offending. Yes, it would — if the criminal was safely locked away in a correctional hoosegow. The likelihood of hurting members of the public while ensconced at Hiland Mountain Prison is very low. Locking them away there protects the public.
Coghill is a Republican and has championed many good causes in his time, but SB91 has not proved to be one of them, at least not yet. The law might have accomplished what was intended if a concerted effort had been made to rehabilitate those released early and get them on the right path instead of returning to lives of crime. But that never happened. The effort never came.