Deming man sentenced to 20 years

Deming man sentenced to 20 years

There are 4 comments on the The Deming Headlight story from Jun 16, 2011, titled Deming man sentenced to 20 years. In it, The Deming Headlight reports that:

LAS CRUCES, N.M. United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces, Frank L. Gutierrez, 49, a resident of Deming, New Mexico, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Linda

Santa Fe, NM

#1 Jun 18, 2011
So, we taxpayers are going to be paying for this convict's room and board & medical bills for 20 years while he is in prison, and monitoring him for 10 years after he gets out. Then he will be 79 years old....Hmmm....He'll probably receive Social Security, too.

Is anyone else tired of footing the bill for criminals? I think prisoners should have to at least do some work for their "keep," all the while they are incarcerated. Perhaps, something involving a chain gang.
I Understand

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#2 Jun 18, 2011
I guess we can't have it both ways can we ? Some complain of "hand slapping" judges who give sentences that are too lenient and then we have people saying we, the taxpayers, shouldn't be footing the bill for convicts being in prison. Do agree with saying convicts should "earn" their keep by some means of work in the community. If convicts are married with a family, then I'd say without a working husband/father, the family would qualify for some kind of county/state aid also while the convict is serving, it's a no win situation all the way around isn't it ?
ancient one

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Jun 19, 2011
The truth be told, most convicts would rather work than be idle but there are no jobs. We do need some work for all of them, it will cut down on lots of problems. Any suggestions on how to accompish this.

Yes, when the man is release, he will be elgible to get SS but not while he is inside.
I Understand

United States

#4 Jun 19, 2011
ancient one wrote:
The truth be told, most convicts would rather work than be idle but there are no jobs. We do need some work for all of them, it will cut down on lots of problems. Any suggestions on how to accompish this.
Yes, when the man is release, he will be elgible to get SS but not while he is inside.
I wasn't referring to convicts getting jobs, I was referring to them doing community work, as in free. I'm sure there's lots of clean up in the city/county they could do right ? Trash, graffiti removal, weed removal, things like that......with no pay but maybe earn time removed from their sentence.

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