High number of 2011 suicides alarms county

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A large contributing factor for some people comitting suicide, is possibly the way the criminal justice system in Mesa County contributes to a persons hopeless state of mind. Many mentally ill, or potentially mentally ill people are involved with the system.

The double and triple jeapordy consequences of many of the laws in Mesa County may have been intended to hold people accountable, however they create a “no way out” situation, and tie people up in the system for years. This re-inforces feelings of hopelessness and fosters anger towards society, and depression at life.

Many will say “criminals deserve what they get”, but they also forget they are talking about human beings. Many offenders are not hardened criminals, but some may be pushed over the edge by insurmountable consequences imposed by the law.

The Mesa County legal system is less concerned with right and wrong than it is about creating “indentured servants” to generate revenue for them, and to keep a person tied up in the system.

We seriously need to revise many laws, but as described in the children’s story “The Emperor With No Clothes”, we know something is wrong, but we’ve been brainwashed into not looking at it and to remain apathetic.

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