This article was sent by my colleagues at LEAP, where I am on the Speakers Bureau.
Here is another voice of reason in a realm of life so destructive to our country. While there is lots of talk of reforms these days, there is little action. Why? Because for every 1 person arrested, 29 benefit financially. Only a handful of those 29 are actually helping society’ many are just “collecting a paycheck”! Think about it: cops, support staff, judges, prosecutors, prison and probation personnel and all the contractors supplying them with “programs” supplies, etc.! Most of them spend millions of dollars lobbing and bribing lawmakers to oppose much-needed reforms! YOUR tax money being wasted.
Speak out for the kinds of reforms mentioned here by Governor of PA and others! READ Practical Tip – Get Empowered! How YOU Can Create a Powerful, Effective Force for Reform of our Criminal Justice System – http://www.citizensforcriminaljustice.net/practical-tip-how-you-can-create-a-powerful-effective-force-for-reform-of-our-criminal-justice-system/
Excerpts from the Article:
Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel has the story. “No one’s level of wealth, no one’s race, their creed, should lead to different conditions in imprisonment,” said Governor Tom Wolf calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers Thursday to pass a package of eight initiative designed to reform the state’s criminal justice system.
“We need to work to make our criminal justice system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation.” the Governor Added. The initiatives include bail and pre-trial reforms… Making sure everyone has a right to a fair trial
“If they don’t present a risk, they shouldn’t be incarcerated pre-trial, simply because they don’t have the fifty dollars to make bail,” noted John Wetzel, Department of Corrections Secretary
The Governor also asking to adopt a standard assessment tool for sentencing. Clean slate legislation to allow those convicted to re-enter society after being released and to make sure even those without money have access to legal help. Right now, Pennsylvania’s the only state that doesn’t provide state funding to a public defender system.
“Everyone deserves adequate legal representation, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Governor Wolf.
And supporters say with previous criminal justice reform bills in 2012 resulting in savings of 400 million dollars through lower prison population. These latest reforms wouldn’t only be good for those who serve time but also for the community as a whole.
“Many times, when individuals can’t post arbitrary bail or are clogging up the criminal justice system, not only is there a human impact, but there’s an impact directly to tax dollars,” added George Hartwick, Dauphin County Commissioner.
And the Governor pointing out that since those previous criminal justice reforms six years ago the state’s prison population has dropped by more than three thousand inmates.
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Our friend Pam McKinney in Chicago sent me this one. We have seen similar videos from Rikers Island and other prisons. More outrageous treatment of the mentally ill in America’s new “insane asylums”, the prisons. This article reminds me of the many times I saw guards laughing at the anguish of inmates.
Excerpts from the Article:
Jailhouse video reveals California sheriff’s deputies watching and sometimes laughing as a schizophrenic man who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours writhes on the floor of his cell, loses consciousness and eventually dies. The newspaper said it reviewed more than 100 hours of jailhouse surveillance video in all.
San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer Wade Horton called the footam Mcage “extremely painful to watch.” “What happened to Andrew Holland was a tragedy that impacts our entire community,” Horton told The Tribune in an email. “Although we can’t bring Andrew back, our county has made and continues to make changes in response to this terrible event.”
Last year, the county awarded Holland’s family $5 million for his death, which a medical examiner determined was caused by a pulmonary embolism.
Holland, 36, had schizophrenia since his early 20s and was incarcerated on and off over the years, usually for minor offenses. He was taken into custody in 2015 on charges of battery, resisting an officer and probation violations. He was strapped into the chair after repeatedly hitting himself.
The video posted on The Tribune’s website shows sheriff’s deputies periodically entering his cell to rotate his arms and legs and offer him food and water. Strapped to the chair, he is unable to use a nearby toilet. County policy requires rotating a restrained inmate’s extremities every 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours to prevent blood clots that can lead to a fatal embolism. The newspaper reported that Holland was released from the chair and moved to another cell so human waste that collected under his chair, and is visible in the video, could be cleaned up. Video of him in the other cell shows him lying on a tile floor with just a blanket. At one point, he stands up briefly, appears to be stricken by tremors and lies down again, covering himself with the blanket. Soon after, he appears to have trouble breathing, then loses consciousness.
Several deputies and paramedics enter the cell and attempt to revive him, while one deputy stands smiling and talking to another.
“We had hope that his life would improve, but on January 22nd of this year, our son Andrew died a brutal and tortured death at the hands of the custodial staff at San Luis Obispo County jail,” Holland’s mother, Sharon, told reporters last July. The family, which has said it will use the settlement money to establish a nonprofit to advocate for the rights of mentally ill people in the criminal justice system, declined to comment further this week.
I post this because:
- Every patriot has a duty to speak out against this fool we have elected President.
and 2. tRump is a disaster for our criminal justice system.
tRump spent over an hour at that rally in PA, trying to defeat Lamb. Of course, the pompous fool spent 95% of the time talking about himself. Well, a clear message has been sent. What is that message? “You, Mr. President, are an incompetent, pompous fool, incapable of restoring America’s greatness. We do not want a lying, cheating, narcissistic bully as our president!”
The way he fired Tillerson, a man who left a position of power and great income to enter public service!? tRump is such an inconsiderate Bozo; to learn why his “base” are such fools, read: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-the-science-of-blue-lies-may-explain-trumps-support/
Before you freak out, realize that we all want to keep kids safe. Our “sex offender hysteria” laws are not doing that. READ articles on this issue to get the facts! The FACTS, not all the BS out there!
- Most “sex offenders” are not actually sex offenders at all. They are locked up for looking at pictures, and there is NO evidence that this leads to actually molesting children! They need counseling, not prison.
- The recidivism rate of sex offenders is about 4% … compared with about 76% for all other criminals. They are NOT likely to re-offend!
This video is a good summary of why we should not “tweak” the registry, but should abolish it!
FOLKS – this means YOU! If you know anyone with a criminal justice question, a legal question, tell them to CALL me!!! Not a bunch of type type type… CALL 302-423-4067. I hate to toot my own horn but the FACT is I am able to help most (over 95%) of those who call. Not because I am a friggin’ genius, but because there are few people on this planet (any??) with the experience I have*! Just tell them to CALL me!
Jeez!! I get too many calls from people who have called several idiot lawyers and/or all the wrong people! The right people? Someone who can actually SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
*And what is my experience? Highlights are: Law Clerk to Supreme Court of Delaware, Deputy Attorney General, Defense Counsel and General Law Practitioner, student of the criminal justice system for the past twelve years (think about that- all of law school is 3 years; I have been immersed in learning all about the criminal justice system problems/solutions for twelve years now!), Addict, Prisoner, Member of Rotary International, Entrepreneur (owned and built several very successful businesses), Pres. of Legal Aid, Founder and President of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Inc., Business Broker (Broker’s license in Florida), Teacher, homeless person, and counselor to thousands. NO charge to talk to me.
I have won more than 700 trials, gotten many people out of prison early, prevented many, many more from ever going to prison … I HATE to “toot my own horn”, but what the Hell are you waiting for?? CALL ME! Everything I do is free, unless it is a ton of work!
I am a professional who specializes in Applications for Pardons and for Clemency/Commutation. READ Know Anyone With an Innocence Project Team? Practical Tip: Tell them “Get them out First” kra
All of law school is three years; where we are taught contracts, wills and estates, torts, evidence, and about a dozen other subjects. I spent four years doing nothing but studying criminal justice issues for 18 hours a day, every day, from B4 the sun rose until after it set [the lights are on 24/7 in that isolation cell!] , and I have been IMMERESED in all such issues for nearly eleven years now! Think about it!!
Why am I so successful? READ Practical Tip – There is ONE way to win – Be Prepared!
Politics Has No Role In the Justice System! Our Constitution Demands it, by Establishing Three Branches of Government. kra
This video shows the profound truth that politics should have no role in our justice system. I watched every minute of the Watergate Hearings. Every minute of it. It was the summer of 1973 and I was studying for the Bar Exam. So I watched the hearings, crammed for the Bar Exam during the commercials, and made audio tapes of my notes from law school, which I played in my sleep! What a fantastic education on Constitutional law it was. What a fantastic education on cross-examination it was, watching Senator Sam Ervin and other great Senators tear to shreds the many lies being told to them, under oath, by the most powerful men in government – Haldeman, Mitchell, Erlichman, and many others.
It is a sad, sad state of affairs that today politics has crept into the system in a big way, and the public seems to be tolerating it!
Ken Abraham Summary of Constitutional Law – http://www.citizensforcriminaljustice.net/4776-2/
WATCH THIS VIDEO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo7KWzOgnf8
This New Zealand video to recruit police was sent my by colleagues at LEAP.
See the video:
New Zealand police recruitment video is the best thing you'll see today
Posted by The Independent on Friday, December 1, 2017
They can only help; Cameras don’t lie. READ Release the Video! – Transparency – Police Shootings – Now with a Letter to Editor for YOU to Send!
Excerpts from the Article:
The Detroit Police Department will have body cameras at all precincts by the end of this year. Along with the roll out, there have been a reduction in officer complaints. From August of 2016 to August of 2017, officer complaints dropped seven percent. Where did they see the biggest reduction? The two precincts where the body cameras were rolled out. So let’s flip the camera and show you what the camera sees.
“I’m placing it on the camera mount,” said one officer. “I’m activating my camera.” Cameras are not just moving on bodies – but also mounted inside the squad cars showing multiple angles. And all the cameras are connected and talk to each other.
“Our system is a watch guard system, it’s cutting edge,” said Assistant Chief A.C. White. “(In the old days) you had a delay from the time the officer exited the vehicle to the time the officer activated the body camera. You didn’t pick up everything.” When officers want to start rolling, “You just press the button in front one time,” said an officer. And press twice to stop it. “If I turn my overhead lights on that activates the dash cam, my camera and my partner’s camera,” said one officer.
But the cameras are also smart enough to just come on at certain times. And all the cameras come on, the dash cam, the body cameras on both officers and a camera facing whoever is in the back seat of the police car.
“There’s a lot of sensitivity around policing matters in urban America,” White said. ““We’re not always going to get it right but here are the facts and circumstances I dealt with when I made that evaluation.”