With the recent economic recession hitting every area of public and private industries, the state of California has been searching for new and creative ways to deal with prison population levels. A skilled Los Angeles criminal lawyer may be able to help anyone facing jail time to take advantage of this situation.
Like many other things in Los Angeles, the prison system is overcrowded and under-funded. It is so overcrowded, in fact, that several United States federal judges have intervened, ordering Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to draft a proposal to reduce the state’s prison population by roughly 40,000 prisoners over the next two years. Governor Schwarzenegger had previously submitted a proposal to federal judges back in September, which was rejected by all three of the judges who reviewed it. While lawyers for the state of California have made statements to the effect that it is improper for a federal authority to intrude in state affairs, Governor Schwarzenegger went back to the drawing board to try and come up with a plan that would appease federal judges.
The governor’s new plan would open up 42,000 prison beds by 2011, some through new construction, some through sentence reductions for people already serving time in a state prison, and some through alternate sentencing. Within the state, a reduction in sentencing for people already incarcerated would need the approval of state lawmakers. One of Governor Schwarzenegger’s suggestions in the proposal was putting up to 25,000 current inmates on house arrest with satellite tracking devices. The governor had previously tried proposing such a measure before it was rejected by state legislators during budget fights last summer. The proposal also called for the transfer of certain inmates from a state prison facility to a county jail, depending on the severity of the crimes for which they had been incarcerated.
The landscape of California’s prison system is being forced to change, one way or another. In times like these, it becomes increasingly important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. A attorney could examine your case and get the prosecuting attorney to agree that jail time is not the best option. However, in order to take advantage of this once in a lifetime situation, you must hire a criminal lawyer who understands the courts, understands prosecutors and who has a successful track record. Our team has years of experience in District Attorneys' Offices, giving them a unique insight into any criminal case.
If you have been charged with a serious crime, having the right law firm could mean the difference between being sent to prison, being sentenced to home detention or being acquitted. Call Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today.
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Comments:Hoa Nguyen on December 2, 2009 at 1:49 a.m. wrote:
It's interesting that due to overcrowded jails, criminal could face serve shorter terms then they would else where (like San Diego). Is crime better committed in Los Angeles?
Liz on November 18, 2009 at 2:45 p.m. wrote:
I'm glad the state is finally being forced to do something about prison overcrowding. Even if someone has committed a crime, we shouldn't treat them like animals.
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