time to end the attack on Justice.
masquerading as reformers have attacked
our court system that, in concert with the Constitution of the
United States, protects our citizens from tyranny. Attacking
Americans constitutionally guaranteed right to a speedy and fair
trial is un-American and it's time to
take our little part of the country back.
court system needs Court commissioners and skilled staff to handle cases that keep
our court system moving smoothly and keeps our jails from
experiencing costly overcrowding. If
cases don't move through the court system due to a lack of trained
professionals, the accused will be warehoused in the jail for
weeks -- leading to a clogged court system and over crowded jail. Several
positions that protect our rights as citizens are in danger of
act as triage agents for Judges by accepting guilty pleas when the
accused is not contesting the charges. To slash funding for
these officers of the court would be like eliminating nurses from
an emergency room. While the work will still get
done, more Judges (who come at a much higher cost) will be required
to do the same work.
alternatives like the Day Reporting Center (DRC) provide the dual
purpose of providing structure for those convicted, as well as
providing job training skills. When the DRC is fully funded,
non-violent inmates that are not a flight risk can be redirected
to the DRC to receive training and structure for the remainder of
their sentence. This saves tax dollars on jail overcrowding
costs and the more menacing cost to all in our society -- criminal
recidivism. DRC "graduates" have a lower rate of
criminal recidivism than the inmate population at either the House of
Corrections or the County jail.
need County leaders who understand the importance of our
constitutional rights and every citizens right to justice.
We cannot afford to sit idly by as citizens constitutional rights
Association, November 2003
The Court-Funding Crisis: What Must
judicial system is threatened by the fiscal crisis that has beset
state and local government. In her
October 16, 2003 “State of the Judiciary Address,” Chief
Justice Shirley Abrahamson warned of the severe strains imposed on
“an already under-funded judicial system.” Nowhere are the
strains more evident than in our own courthouse.
to the County Finance Committee, The Honorable Michael Sullivan,
Chief Judge, November 2003
Cuts will deny justice,
lead to costly jail overcrowding
The cuts could force the closing of more than 20 per cent of
our 47 courts for lack of clerks to staff them. Those
cuts could force the curtailing of criminal intake because of a
lack of court commissioners to staff it; this would quickly result
in an overcrowded population in the county jail and deny, not only
defendants but also victims their timely day in court.