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Parole conditions appear unequal

June 19, 2008

Re "Riches did not change habits," June 17

After reading the headline, I thought that Jose Luis Munoz had robbed a liquor store after receiving his $2.5-million settlement, when in fact he was given 16 months in prison for a technical parole violation: "associating with other gang members." In other words, he was returned to prison for hanging out with his old friends.

Was former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told not to associate with Republicans as a condition of his presidential pardon? Are corporate embezzlers and other white-collar criminals told not to associate with corporate officers or board directors as a condition of their parole?

Perhaps we need to question some of the laws that now keep more than 1% of the adult American population in prison and are a major factor in California's current fiscal problem.

Steven L. Sachse

Dana Point

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