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Crime is like most problems, new U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy figures: It's more efficient to head it off than to pick up the pieces afterward.
Stitch in time, limited federal dollars being put to their best use, that sort of thing.
The question facing the former University of Virginia law professor is how to translate such widely accepted sentiments into the day-to-day workings of his office, where deterrence is more often described in terms of imposing harsh punishment on wrongdoers in order to scare off any who might copy their misdeeds.
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