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Letters to the Editor

Oct. 3, 2005

EDITOR'S NOTE: Atlanta businessman Carson Tyler criticized the justice system in a letter to the editor in last Monday's News Daily. This is District Attorney Jewel Scott's response to him.

Re: Roxie Ann Reynolds

Dear Mr. Tyler:

Your letter of September 21, 2005 concerning Roxie Ann Reynolds has been received and your comments have been duly noted. For future reference, you should do your research before you go out on a limb and start pointing fingers unjustly at our criminal justice system.

If in fact you had done your research, you would have discovered the following. Ms. Reynolds' criminal history dates back to 1992 when she was convicted of a dangerous drug offense and larceny. She was arrested last year because she was found in the parking lot of the Home Depot committing acts of fornication and sodomy with a male counterpart in a motor vehicle.

Whether that was the husband she "lost" as you stated in your letter, I do not know. Ms. Reynolds' criminal history includes 12 misdemeanor charges and three felony charges ranging from prostitution, drug possession, driving under the influence and too many others to list here. The crimes cover a geographical area from Florida to several counties in Georgia. On each crime she has been given probation including this last offense. As a prosecutor, I certainly believe Ms. Reynolds has had more than her fair share of second, third, fourth and other chances to get her act together and so far, she has not. She has certainly had more chances in the criminal justice system than most, if you know what I mean.

Our office has the responsibility to prosecute crimes and keep our communities safe. Our dedicated prosecutors cannot be faulted for doing their jobs to the best of their ability. Ms. Reynolds had a responsibility to herself to successfully complete her probationary periods and to stay out of the criminal justice system, particularly because she has been given so many opportunities to do so. She has to bear the consequences of her choices.

In closing, because this office firmly believes that, where appropriate, there are alternatives to incarceration, we introduced for the first time in Clayton County our Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP), in January 2005. Our office allows first time non-violent offenders to qualify for DPP and upon successful completion of the program their case is dismissed and their records expunged. Non-completion of the program will result in re-prosecution of the case.

As the District Attorney of Clayton County I reiterate my commitment to a criminal justice system that is tough on crime but also committed to fairness and justice for all.

Jewel C. Scott

District Attorney