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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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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."


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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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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