Friday, May 22, 2009
Wait Listed by Jail-6
"When the district attorney in suburban Contra Costa County, Robert J. Kochly, announced last month that he would stop prosecuting certain misdemeanors for lack of money, the resulting outcry was enough to make him cut his own salary to avoid putting the plan in place. ... District attorneys in many parts of the country say they are considering prosecutorial rollbacks, including opting not to try some minor crimes, eliminating crime prevention and monitoring programs, and seeking to divert more defendants to so-called community court systems. The reason: not enough money to pay lawyers to try all those crimes. ... In Oregon, which faces a bulging budget deficit over the next two years, several prosecutors has said that something must give. For instance, the district attorney is Marion County, south of Portland, has cut back on prosecutions of crimes inside correctional facilities. ... In Contra Costa County, for example, Mr. Kochly startled the county Board of Supervisors when he issued a memordandum outlining a number of drug offenses--including possession of up to a gram of cocaine or metamphetamine--that would not be pursued", my emphasis, Jesse McKinley at the NYT, 9 May 2009, link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/09/us/09tradeoffs.html.
Economics works! Prosecutors make tradeoffs. The waiting list for jail grows daily. The drug war is moribund. Do you still want to buy muni bonds?