2009
08.05

Jail sentences out of whack?

I regularly follows local news, and I am repeatedly surprised (or disappointed by now) by the long sentences criminals get here. For example, from today’s local newspaper: a person caught DUI for the sixth time got 25 years in jail – see here. Yes, the guy is a drunkard idiot that sold drugs in the past, but in the range of 6-30 years that the judge could use, 25 years seems to me to be off the charts.

Is justice dead in the USA? Illinois? Urbana? My imagination?
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  1. Have you read the book “Alibi for a Judge” by Henry Cecil?

  2. No. Seems like a fun book to read. Thanks!

  3. It’s a very funny book. I advise you to read it.

  4. I did a piece on legislation being presented here in Nevada. It would remove the ability of the judge in a DUI conviction to sentence them to a detox and treatment. Instead, they would go to jail. This include first time offenders.

    Not only is is out of whack, but I can tell you why.

    Money.

    Privatized jails, is a multi-billion dollar industry. Do you honestly think that man with 25 years wasn’t a victim of that? I see from that facts of that case, no one was killed. Not that we should feel sorry for him, but the time doesn’t fit the crime. There are a whole host of other options they could have given him: license revocation for 10 years… etc. DUI is the largest money laundering service in the nation. Police and states get federal funds PER DUI arrest they make.

  5. Interesting. I saw more cases since i posted this blog entry. I am convinced something is broken, as far as the length of sentences… Money might be a motive, but there is something deeper going on…