Archive for April 16th, 2010

Abject Failure

by jhwygirl

It’s a weekend…what the hell – here’s one to start it off: Billings man skips bail on 5th DUI.

Bail? On a 5th DUI? How wasn’t mere arrest on that some sort of parole or probation violation on the 4th (which would have been a felony charge)?

We have a judicial system that repeatedly makes poor choices. At question is why. Why would a presumably reasonable learned wise judge allow a 60 yr-old, four time convicted DUI andfelony burglar be allowed a bail of $7,500? Why would he be allowed bail at all, with a conviction meaning certain jail term?

Do they make these choices because of some financial analysis? Is there short space at the jail? Does the local have to pick up the tab – how does that all work? Is that the source of this?

Is that at the root of multiple DUI’s? Eight DUI’s? ELEVEN DUI’s?

Whatever it is, we aren’t doing something right…and rather than do the old Montana thing and try to figure it out completely on our own, why don’t we look at the statistics on per capita DUI offenses. See who’s at the top of that list with the least per capita – and see what it is they do on the enforcement and education side that attributes to that level.

Then let’s ignore the lobbyists that have a monetary interest in alcohol, and do what is right for the citizens health and safety….and for our overall tax paying interests.

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