To the editors,

Thank you for the article “Senseless Sentences” by Steve Bogira [January 8]. I appreciate this subject being brought to consciousness thoughtfully. If we as a society are going to spend $19,000 per year per inmate, I for one would like to spend that money in a different way. Social problems have not gone away by spending lots of money to lock “undesirable” people away. Bogira brought alive the issues, questions, and one of the human lives affected by mandatory minimum sentences.

Margaret Thom

Chicago