An easy solution to Superior Court budget crisis
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Upon reading about the lawyers who defend the indigent not being able to get paid because the Legislature did not allocate enough money to fund the V.I. Superior Court, ( Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, 2013), we must look for solutions.
To help solve the budget crisis in the Superior Court, it would be helpful if marijuana prosecutions for small quantities were not put through the busy court system.
The court would not have to pay lawyers to defend the indigent. The government would also save money arising from overcrowding in our prison system.
It is time to follow the lead of many other jurisdictions and decriminalize cases involving small quantities of marijuana. There are many options, including a mere citation for small quantities.
It is ridiculous to tie up our court system prosecuting our youth for small quantities of marijuana and ruining their chances in life with a police record.
It is also a waste our limited precious tax revenue.
- Bernard Victor, St. Croix