Letter: Explain this to me

I wish someone would explain the criminal justice system to me.

 

A criminal stole a check from my mailbox, made a counterfeit, cashed it for $1,200, and gets to go totally free with no restitution or punishment.

Seems that under $1,500 in theft is not a crime and the bank, which paid me back, does not want to bother getting its money back.

I had to press charges for fourth-degree forgery โ€“ the maximum punishment is a year in county jail โ€“ and that is still three months into the system.

Deals made with public defenders are deceitful and not honored. I agreed to not send him to jail if the money was paid to a charity. No one will make that happen.

Why does he get to keep money he stole and no one but me is outraged?

No one is repaying me for the theft of my identity, the damage to my sense of safety, the three months of sorting out the financial difficulties caused by his criminal activity. Can someone please explain to me why stealing from my mailbox, cashing a counterfeit check and keeping the money does not land someone in jail?

Margaret Ertz

Evans

 

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