New York Times Reports Judges Seeking Say in Sentencing
The New York Times reports:
(Excerpt) Justice Laura Safer-Espinoza and 14 other judges who sit in courts throughout the city are circulating an unusual open letter to ask that those laws, modified in 2005, be changed yet again.
They argue that judges — not just prosecutors — should be able to pick among the remedies for nonviolent people who violate the drug law. For some, the judges say, that will be prison. For others, it will be treatment programs overseen by the courts.
“This is not a soft-on-crime issue,” Justice Safer-Espinoza said during a recess on Tuesday. “The point is to give judges more alternatives.”