Good Times Law: U.S. HR 1475
By Joyce L Baldwin
September 01, 2009
This bill is an attempt to shorten the sentences of prison inmates
who serve their time without problems and earn credit to shorten
their sentences. Not everyone knows about this law unless you
have relatives who are serving time, or who are in a criminal
justice or law enforcement.
There are more Americans in prison as a percentage of population
than in any other country. Is it a prejudiced system? No kidding.
One out of ten black adult males are doing time. Why do we have
plea bargaining? The judges and lawyers says it saves tax dollars,
but it costs about $200-$300 per day, or over $100,000 a year
per prisoner, and it's not even a nice hotel at that. Plea bargaining
causes innocent people to serve time, as prosecutors and lawyers
intimidate defendants with evidence scares. "You don't
have a chance" they are told. 'Better accept the lesser
of two evils,' they say. The whole plea bargaining system is
an evil, usurping a persons constitutional right to a trial
by one's peers.
Actually, plea bargaining is an attempt by judges and lawyers
to speed up trials. With a huge back log of cases, people were
spending too much time awaiting a trial.
Google up the status of HR 1475 and read the law. Contact your
representative too. Let your opinion be known on this one.
There are so many people in jail who should not be there. Recidivism
is very high. Prisons are not the answer. Long sentences serve
no good purpose and are an excessive drain on taxpayer dollars.
Joyce L Baldwin
Received August 31, 2009 -
Published September 01, 2009
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