The Bangor Daily News in Maine is reporting on the sentencing of James Cameron, who they call the “state’s former top drug prosecutor,” on child sexual exploitation charges. Cameron also received time for cutting a GPS gadget off his ankle and fleeing. Cameron was sentenced to serve a total of 13 years and 9 months. At sentencing he passed along his “deepest apologies” to “the victims of child pornography,” claiming that he does “believe that child pornography re-victimizes the victims.” 

The Cameron case raises an important question about U.S. criminal justice policy: do we have the right people in our prisons? It would be interesting to know how long Maine drug offenders are serving, thanks to the efforts of Maine’s “top drug prosecutor.” Jails and prisons across the U.S. are overflowing, with calls from both liberals and conservatives to slow down incarceration. 

Perhaps Cameron will take the bunk of a drug offender. That would be a wise display of priorities during tough budget times.

Photo: Kate Collins, Bangor Daily News