Letter To The Editor: Putting People In Jail After The Fact Does Not Help Children In Need

Los Alamos

I am writing about the proposed Child Abuse Legislation that will punish people who kill children with life in prison.

I am concerned that while legislation like this is, I am sure, popular and gives the impression that something is being done, we need is to fix the problem before it reaches the point a child is dead. Possibly give more training to police and first responders to be able to identify and correctly respond to child abuse.

Possibly improve communications between schools, New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department and police.

Putting people in jail after the fact does not help children in need. It is before something terrible happens that we need to take action. Whether you put someone in jail for two years, 20 years or a lifetime, it will not bring back a child.