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Bogus Bills, Bail, & You:
Crimes Committed… After An Arrest!

BRUH!  If you’re gonna commit a crime….maybe DON’T do it while you’re ALREADY IN THE JAIL?!?!

When deputies were responding to reports of a stolen car in Maine, they ended up stopping a man nearby. While it was determined that he had no connection to the stolen car, he was arrested for an outstanding warrant for theft from Walmart.

The man told officers he had enough money to pay the $200 bail, but then the bail commissioner arrived, the man tried to pay with two COUNTERFEIT $100 bills. In addition to being returned to jail, he was also given an extra charge of forgery, or illegal copying of a document or banknote (money).

Bail is a hot topic within the criminal justice community because a lot of times, the people accused of crime are already suffering from extreme poverty.  After they’ve been charged for a crime they’ve been accused of committing,  they are basically punished before they are found guilty of anything since they end up staying in jail as a result of not being able to pay bail (to be fair, in this case the charge was for attempting to pay bail with counterfeit money which is pretty dang criminal).    The cost of bail keeps the cycle of crime and poverty going (if you’re stuck in jail and you have a job to be at but can’t afford the bail, you can lose your job)!   Still, there needs to be a way to hold defendants in criminal cases accountable to make sure that they show up to their court dates.

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Questions:

  1. What are two charges this man could face if he tried his ‘bogus bills & bail’ stunt in Nevada?
  2. Is there any other system that you can think of, besides bail, to ensure defendants return for their court date?
  3. What are your thoughts on bail as a system used by local courts across the country in general?  Specifically, how do you feel about the balance between pre-trial detention (when people are held in jail before their court dates – often unless they can post bail) and the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’?  

Be sure to provide full explanations for each of your answers. For more details, you can read the article this piece was sourced from here:
https://www.heraldstandard.com/news/state/sheriff-man-tried-to-pay-200-bail-with-counterfeit-bills/article_d4892b96-dbc1-558a-9cc5-19b3fef69bda.html


Contributed by: Marlee Carpenter

Teen Vandals Sentenced to
Read Books & Write Papers

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It’s rare that a punishment can be inspiring but, a judge in Virginia has given a sentence to young vandals that orders them to read books and write papers. As a provider of educational resources, we find this to be a unique sentence – one that we support.  We also hope more judges will find creative ways to change and educate young offenders.

Five 16 and 17 year old boys in Virginia had been found guilty of spray painting racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic symbols on a historic building in their community. At the behest of the prosecutor on the boys’ case, the sentencing judge gave the teens – none of whom had prior records –  a list of 35 books and 14 movies with themes of race, gender and religious issues.

The boys were required to provide written reports on what they read or watched on a monthly basis, and their parents had to visit a holocaust museum with them so ‘the whole family would learn together’.

The prosecutor explained ””They have to write either a book report once a month of they can substitute three of of the books for a movie review, so I also gave them a list of approved movies that they can watch. And hopefully, what they get out of this year is a greater appreciation for  gender, race, religion, bigotry. And then when they go out in to the world, they are teachers.“

Read the original story here and let us know your thoughts in the comments:
http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/teens-vandals-sentenced-to-read-books-write-papers/396055942

QUESTIONS
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1) Why does it seem fair or unfair (depending how you feel) that young people like these students can be given non-traditional punishments (having to do book reports instead of going to jail) ?

2) The judge in this case decided how to punish the students even though there wasn’t a law or rule explaining to the judge how unique their punishment could be.  What benefitsare there to our community when judges can make up their own punishments?

3) The judge in this case decided how to punish the students even though there wasn’t a law or rule explaining to the judge how unique their punishment could be.  What risks are there to our community when judges can make up their own punishments?

 

#YDIC #YourDayinCourt #Unique #Punishments #Justice #Alternative #Sentencing #Consequences #Reflections

 




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My favorite part of the fieldtrip to the courthouse is when I got to play the part of Ron. I got to go on the witness chair and speaking. I helped Potter to be not guilty. Thank you for the great opportunity. - Johnathan M  [Harmon Elementary - Grade 4]

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