The people who have committed crimes and sit in prison cells do not generate much sympathy among the public. But State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) says lawmakers should put that idea aside and take a good, hard look at sentencing.
“This sets out to change and realign our sentencing code,” Zalewski said in proposing a Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee. “What maybe the General Assemblies of the 70s, 80s and 90s thought should be a Class II or III felony might should now be a Class A misdemeanor, and vice versa.”
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Zalewski cited marijuana possession and driving on a revoked license as two offenses which should not have someone taking up jail space; he says time has proven several alternatives to prison do work.
H.J.R. 96 has passed the House Judiciary Committee.
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