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We didn’t need threat of prison to stay off roads

Governor Patrick’s threat of up to a year in prison and a $500 fine as a penalty for driving during the weekend snowstorm was absurd. It is another case of the state overreaching. Almost everyone would be deterred by a substantial but lesser threat, such as a $5,000 fine.

I had hoped that the unfortunate recent news about Aaron Swartz, a promising young man who committed suicide in the face of prosecution by the US attorney’s office, might help us to think about how to better match punishment to fit the crime.

Brett Randolph

Cambridge

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