A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced three Spanish-speaking men to four to 24 months in jail — or they can get full-time jobs and learn English within a one-year probation period.
The men, all of whom needed interpreters in court, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. They were accused of accosting two men on the street, threatening them with a gun, demanding marijuana, and striking them.
Luzerne County Judge Peter Olszewski said he was trying to help the men, Luis Reyes, Ricardo Dominguez and Rafael Guzman-Mateo, who range in age from 17 to 22. If they accept the judge’s parole offer and fail to meet the requirement, they will serve full 24-month sentences.
Personally, while I appreciate the judge’s intent, I’d send them straight to jail. They can earn early paroles by learning English, if they want to, but they don’t just get released onto the street, free to attack people again while they (maybe) learn English.
Of course, if they happen not to be in this country legally, I’d just deport them and be done with it.
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