Friday, August 22, 2008

Left Coast Courts

I wonder how many times over the past four years I have posted about some asinine decision by a California, Washington or Oregon court? Countless, I'm sure. Well, add another to countless...

"The California Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for prison inmates to win parole despite a governor's objections, ruling that a woman who fatally shot and stabbed another woman with a potato peeler should remain free.

The 4 to 3 ruling, written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George, could affect nearly 1,000 parole cases now on appeal. Lawyers on both sides said it was the first time in recent history that the state high court ruled in favor of a prisoner in a parole case." (source)

A ruling blocking the consideration of the CRIME committed when contemplating about the lunatics running the asylum. If they don;t want to consider the actual crime committed by the potential parolee, maybe they should at least take stories like this into account:

"A 22-year-old man was back behind bars about 12 hours after he was released from jail, accused of stealing a car and beer and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Darren E. Roberts was released from the Sullivan County Jail Tuesday afternoon after competing his sentence for auto theft.

But Indiana State Police say that early Wednesday morning, Roberts stole a 2004 red Ford Mustang in Linton, then drove to a gas station in Cloverdale where he allegedly stole some beer and fled.

Police chased the red Mustang at speeds of up to 105 mph on Interstate 70, until the car spun out and Roberts surrendered." (source)

Recidivism rates for released prisoners in the United States of America is 60%! (DoJ)

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