Daily Archives: February 4, 2008

Crack House Due Process

Don’t say you weren’t on notice…

My personal favorite is rule #9, which is blank. How appropriate. Update: Fill in the blank contest! Come up with the funniest rule #9 and you get a present!

Read the crack house rules here.

“Mad props” to The Saucy Vixen.

Other titles considered:

“When in Rome”, “8 simple rules for using my crack house” and “The Crack House Rules”.

(Disclaimer: Folks, these are rules posted in a crack house. There’s going to be explicit stuff. That’s your due process.)

Panel to recommend permanent sentencing commission

A temporary sentencing task force created by the legislature may be set to recommend that it be made permanent. The panel will release its findings and recommendations later this month. One thing it will not do, however, is recommend sentencing guidelines (thank God).

“The judges would have a problem with any permanent commission that is a precursor to guidelines,” said Judge Patrick Carroll, the state’s deputy chief court administrator.

Carroll likely has nothing to worry about.

“We’re not into guidelines in this state – not judges, prosecutors or defense lawyers,” said Thomas Ullmann, a public defender in New Haven who headed the task force subcommittee studying the possibility of a permanent commission.

The story says that CT needs a permanent commission in part because there is no communication between various agencies. Yeah, that’s fine and all, but I think CT needs a sentencing commission or task force more because of the severe disparities in sentences – both geographic and racial – and we need to tackle the overcrowding problem somehow.

It would help lawmakers better understand which types of offenders need to be in prison and who is most likely to reoffend after their release, said state Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, a former prosecutor and chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee.

“You don’t want the legislature to just guess at what the solutions might be,” Lawlor said. “And I think that’s what the legislature has done a lot of in the past.”

The commission could determine why Connecticut’s prison population has one of the largest racial disparities in the nation, Lawlor said.

I look forward to their report later this month. So should you.

Monday evening wind-down

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Yeah, not particularly clever, but here are some stories for you to read as you power down this Monday evening:

  • We lost two stellar blogs this past week or so: Corrections Sentencing closed up shop and Audacity called it quits. Thank you both for everything.
  • Here’s one take on why the Boucher 5th Amendment decision was wrong.
  • CT Employment Law Blog checks in on the criminal database and offers kudos to those making it happen.
  • Grits reports that a lack of beds is creating havoc for mentally ill defendants.
  • A new judge was appointed to preside over Brian Nichols’ quagmire trial.
  • Compassion in Juvenile Sentencing is a new blog on the scene that seems to be worth reading.
  • Scott asks what it really means when a judge says that a nonviolent offender cannot survive prison.
  • Eyewitness ID recaps the top 5 best and worst cases of the last year.
  • Underdog reports on an NPR story that revisits the civil rights sit-ins.
  • Bennett gives us a lesson on federal contempt.
  • Ken at KrimLaw engages in an elements analysis and reaches an interesting conclusion.
  • CrimProfBlog tells us how Texas finally got the right man in a DNA exoneration case.
  • ConcurringOpinions links to a fascinating study on why prices aren’t usually rounded off.
  • CoOp also gives us the heads up that BigBrother is closer than you’d imagine.
  • There are also 4 appellate decisions in crim cases released today, but none are worthy of their own post, so you’re going to have to go read them yourself.

C’est tout! Bon soir!

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