Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Do They Care?


I wonder if the Mayor and Sheriff even care that a man released early from jail killed a man? I wonder if they care that the jail has zero deterrent effect on criminals in Marion County? I wonder if they even know that people are being released early? AND I wonder if they let the jail overcrowding get so bad in a political attempt to make the Prosecutor look bad?

Prosecutor's reached an agreement today on a sentence of 45 years on a Murder charge on Lamar Blount.

Lamar S. Blount and another man were charged in the shooting death of John Williams and the wounding of Williams' brother, Lawrence Williams. Police said the shooting happened Nov. 10 in John Williams' home in the 6100 block of Commodore Drive.

More than a month before the attack, Blount was in the Marion County Jail on an accusation that he failed to appear for a probation violation hearing. He was released on Oct. 6, 2004, on his own recognizance because of jail overcrowding, the county prosecutor's office said.
Blount was on probation after pleading guilty to cocaine possession in 2003.

16 Comments:

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The jail is overcrowed because Brizzi can't figure out how to proscute effectively. To say the mayor and sheriff let it get to bad is to not recognize the bottleneck - Brizzi. Think about it, what do the mayor and sheriff have to do with the jail population? Arresting suspected criminals and holding them UNTIL TRIAL. The ONLY reason someone would be there for a lengthy period of time is Brizzi's ineptitude. This might be Brizzi's Willy Horton, becuase he is the problem with jail overcrowding. Want another example? It took three years for his office to DROP Irsay's DD charge. Brizzi's to blame.

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Brizzi didn't get the guy to trial in a timley manner (hence our jail overcrowding), and he was released? Seems like Brizzi's got the blood on his hands.

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marion County Jail only holds people waiting for trial. If it is overcrowded, it is because Carl Brizzi isn't moving the cases along fast enough. Another weakness in Brizzi, another scared Republican incumbent.

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright Brody. I normally agree with you, but this is a little over the top. Everyone understands that while the Mayor and Sheriff are taking part in the effort to clear up the jail overcrowding, it is primarily due to the failure of the Prosecutor and Courts to move cases to trial and either release the innocent and transfer the guilty. This arguement won't hold up, I'm sure. Brizzi better be careful, because, as a Republican, I'm getting scared that he's toast, and Melinda will will...

 
At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Brizzi's fault. Plain and simple. Move criminals to trial, move them out the jail. Blame Brizzi.

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it took Brizzi too long to prosecutor someone and he had to be released?

 
At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

alright, let's see what's up here.

some dude was in jail dude got released from jail some dude kill some other dude dude responsible for releasing said dude from jail blames two other dudes for it?

shit's wack yo.

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just a law student, but I think that the jail is only for holding people until trial. Therefore, doesn't Brizzi have to press charges and move to trial to clear the backlog?

 
At 8:58 PM, Blogger Brody said...

Where do I start with these ridiculous comments???

Comment #1 The only people left in the jail right now are the worst of the worst awaiting trial. Lesser battery charges, lesser drug charges are all let go before the officers are done with the paperwork. In fact some sentenced to 180 days or less are let out before their jail stay is up because of the lack of room.

Comment #4 Doesn't even know the name of the Democratic candidate!!! I also bet a million that he is not a Republican.

And

The law school student comment: Don't talk about something unless you know what you are talking about. The jail holds anyone awaiting trial who cannot make bail, or anyone sentenced to a term of 180 days or less. We file charges in Indiana, and you can't try a murder case during a one hour episode of your favorite show.

Has anyone ever thought that on any given day in Marion County 500 people could be arrested and entered into the jail. The jail is simply too small. The people in charge of that jail are the Mayor and Sheriff. The jail has not changed size in 20 years. The city is a lot bigger now than it was 20 years ago.

Shift the blame where you want, but the Mayor and Sheriff are the ones responsible for the jail, and letting dangerous people back out onto the streets.

 
At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Brody, you may want to back off of the law student and get your facts right. The DOC Director (not the Mayor, the Sheriff, or the Prosecutor) decided that convicted offenders serving sentences of 365 days (NOT 180 days) or less will serve it in the county jail. Word is that the "magic number" for sentences served at the county jail may rise to 2 years. Yes, our jails are overcrowded. Yes, criminals know that their actions are unlikely to have consequences. Blaming the Mayor and the Sheriff is just childish. Lots of people on both sides of the aisle have had a hand is getting us to this point, and until someone is willing to stand up and endorse the big ole tax increase needed to fund a pretty new jail, nothing is going to change.

 
At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marion County holds only 180 days. Anything more and they are shipped out.

 
At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the Mayor propose the tax increase if we need it so bad?

 
At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Jake said...

The Mayor isn't proposing a tax increase because he cares more about winning than he does about public safety.

That's also reflected in the way he has pushed police consolidation through much too quickly.

Peterson is trying to make Indianapolis his own little kingdom, with every elected position filled with his little minions so he can be in charge of everything.

Why else do you think he's running Melina against Brizzi? It certainly isn't her qualifications for the office or her deep desire to be an attorney.

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wah....wah....wah...

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous morgan kaela said...

If you looked at who requests continuances, it's the public defenders and private defense attorneys. Prosecutors are ready for their trials.

 
At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

Classic--the only response you have to a concern that decisions are based on the political health of the mayor and that only qualification a Democrat candidate needs is being buddies with Peterson is to say "wah" as though those aren't serious problems with the local Democratic Party.

Really zinged me on that one.

 

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