Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 27 of 36
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the suspended sentence law will not be permitted to apply, while in
other offenses of equal gravimen the defendant is permitted to receive
the benefits of the law.
The fact that officers are constantly confronted with the loopholes
of the suspended sentence law disturbs and discourages them in the
enforcement of the law, and at the same time destroys the morale of
the general citizenship for the enforcement of the law. Last year
over two thousand criminals were convicted and immediately turned
loose on suspended sentences without any punishment whatever.
These convictions cost the tax-payers of Texas more than half a million
dollars. Why spend this money? Why laugh at the law ? Why
march up hill and then down hill?
All persons should be made to understand that the consequences
of violating the law are grave, and that the government will not indulge,
trifle with, nor encourage the commission of even the first
offense. It should be understood that when the offense is committed
the person committing the offense must certainly pay the penalty.
When this is done then all the people will have respect for the law,
and Texas will be made a safe place in which to live. Looking to this
high purpose, this bill is hereby disapproved and vetoed.
PAT M. NEFF, Governor.
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/27/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .