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January 27, 2004
Speaking of....

Speaking of reforms needed in the legal system, what's this 'withhold of adjudication' thing all about and aren't there any rules around how it's used?

In thousands of cases, the courts gave the break to child molesters, child pornographers, child abusers and men who had sex with adolescent girls. For every 10 offenders who walked into a courtroom charged with child abuse, more than half walked out with a withhold, The Herald found. The list includes adults arrested for punching a child and beating two toddlers over the head with an oak plank.

What's going on in Florida, anyhow?

(Also? Notice the racial bias. We're talking about Florida again, after all.)

(Thanks to Bobby who promises to stay on top of the story as it's released.)

Posted by AnneZook at 01:36 PM


In New York we called it 'adjournment in contemplation of dismissal': you are put on probation for a stated period and if you behave your record is wiped clean.

It was only offered for a first offense of a misdemeanor, and was always the result of a plea bargain.

Amazingly, in New York and Florida it is generally offered to wealthy people with private attorneys. For some reason poor people with public defenders are not receiving this sentencing option. [for Trolls, that was full-contact sarcasm]

Florida also has a program for first offense drug users that involves going through court approved drug rehab and probation. At the end the record is swept clean.

As records are swept clean, wealthy people with private attorneys may use the option multiple times.

These are the result of prison overcrowding caused by throwing minor poor drug users in a cell for years. [more sarcasm from a former member of law enforcement]

Posted by: Bryan at January 27, 2004 04:54 PM

If they quit putting people in jail for minor drug offenses (being caught with an ounce of pot, say), that would "fix" a lot of what's wrong with the prison system. It would cure the overcrowding, allow some of the money being spent to actually go toward rehabilitation, little things like that.

So, of course, there's no way it's gonna happen.

Posted by: Anne at January 28, 2004 10:54 AM