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In the Feb. 27 editorial "Justice For Josiah" it seems that in a rush to put some kind of balm on the failure of the Humboldt County criminal justice system to adequately address his killing, a key part of what justice for Josiah Lawson means was overlooked.

The changes called for and the changes being made aren't a kind of justice for the person whose life has been ended by another. They were needed before Josiah Lawson was killed. Those changes were needed for all of us. They may serve the advancement of justice in the community, but they aren't to be confused with the justice that Josiah Lawson, his family and all of the people who live, work and study here deserve. A killer walks among us and has yet to answer for his actions.

Monte Merrick, Manila

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