A recent article in the Mountain Democrat praised realignment as the best thing to come along in decades for turning criminals from a life of crime. In this endeavor I wish them every success. In the article, one of the “nons” they mentioned was non-violent. This may need some clarification. While the inmates involved in the program may in fact be non-violent, that is not the case with all of them. This is because the non-violent tag only applies to the last conviction they had. An inmate can have a string of violent felony convictions and as long as his last conviction was for a non-violent crime, he is considered non violent under AB109. I am all for anything that will break the cycle of people spending their whole lives in and out of jail. But I think the debate on the law and suggestions for its improvement will be aided by having a more full understanding of what is in the law.