Chief public defender shares his views
"If offenses are violent and people are convicted and guilty, they should be locked up. But you can't keep people locked up forever for nonviolent offenses."...
"If offenses are violent and people are convicted and guilty, they should be locked up. But you can't keep people locked up forever for nonviolent offenses."
"We can't possibly afford to keep nonviolent offenders locked up for long periods of time."
"The first people to complain that [criminals] are out [of jail] are the first people to complain about their taxes, too. We can't afford all the law and order some people want without radically raising taxes."
"Public safety and criminal justice costs money."
"We all have the same goals, to keep our streets safe and to deal in justice. But all these things cost money."
"And the myth that all the bad guys in Duluth come from St. Louis or Chicago or Detroit is just that. It's a myth."
-- Fred Friedman, chief public defender, Sixth Judicial District, comments excerpted from an interview with the News Tribune editorial page