Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Grits for Breakfast-- Judge: Perry probation veto risks public safety

Grits for Breakfast: "Judges fear the worst, says the June 26th Beaumont Enterprise, after Governor Rick Perry vetoed HB 2193 which would have strengthened Texas' probation system. One jurist painted an especially stark scenario, the paper reported:

In the late 1980s, Texas prisons were overcrowded at a population of about 35,000 inmates.

The situation was so dire, local criminal justice authorities say, that prisoners were being released after serving 10 percent of their sentences.

[Senior District Judge Larry] Gist shuddered when he recalls what happened next.

'There's this ridiculous picture of a one-rock drug possession coming in and a murderer going out, and nobody wants that to happen,' he said.

He doesn't think it could happen again but can't really see what will prevent it."


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