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Saturday, July 24, 2010

"Rough justice: America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy excerpts this interesting commentary from The Economist,

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For profit prisons and some loss of integrity in the judicial system have taken advantage of Americans for the same reason as mortgage companies, lending institutions, oil and gas industry, automotive industry, etc. have taken advantage of Americans…Greed!
Sometimes we do not understand why a defendant gets more years than someone else committing the same crime. We can blame ethnicity and many may agree, or we can blame money or the lack of money for zealous defense, or we can blame prosecutorial arrogance/greed for conviction percentages rather than justice.
Also; during indictment the grand jury may review past crimes and/or convictions of the Defendant therefore being brainwashed or coerced by the prosecutions over reaching charges. Reviewing the defendant's past is then again scrutinizes when it is time to sentence possibly influencing the judge to sentence with harsh vigor.
We constantly observe inconsistency of "Punishments" in our judiciary system.

Posted by: A. Dennis Lopez | Jul 25, 2010 9:52:11 PM

I concur! Sometimes, these stricter "laws" are created with the sole intent of upping a statesman popularity rather than for the greater good. People gauge policitians with how much change they made, and their results. Stricter laws are necessary, although it should be accorded to the right place and the right reasoning.

Posted by: Radio Head | Aug 10, 2010 9:43:58 PM

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