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Delicate strategy in line to cut prison inmate numbers

January 6, 2013

Faced with a prison housing crunch that is costly, Lycoming County’s judicial network is looking for ways to get minor offenders back into the community instead of jail cells this year....

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spike2

Jan-08-13 7:12 AM

The Magistrates only sentence for very minor offense. All sentences for serious crime are imposed by a Judge.

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MrShaman

Jan-06-13 12:57 PM

"So district magistrates have been instructed to try to avoid incarceration in the first place whenever possible.

That's fine, but it puts a premium on the sentencing decision- making of the district justices. No matter the cost, the public can't be endangered. We trust our magistrates already know that."

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I'm sure the magistrates have ALSO "noticed" all the "benefits" o' legislation like Three Strikes...that attempted to take any-and-all latitude AWAY from them, when it comes to the logic of sentencing.

As should have been expected, "conservatives'" efforts at LAW AND ORDER have reached maximum-density, and common-sense has to bail-them-out, one more time.

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