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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Declining Prison Population and Death Sentences


Judge Kevin Fine, Dist. 177, TX
Ruled Capital Punishment Unconstitutional




(5 paragraphs)

THANK YOU, JUDGES! Judges and juries are changing justice in America for the better. I was surprised and delighted to read that the U.S. prison population declined for the first time in decades. Many people are grateful to you for using drug courts, mental health courts, and being more careful to evaluate the evidence presented against defendants. Thank you especially for the decline in death penalty sentencing in every state except California. Even Texas' death sentences declined, a state that can be very proud of judges like Judge Kevin Fine. We appreciate all that you do to be just and compassionate, judges and juries of America. We count on you, and you are demonstrating that you care about justice.

The Bible refers to the leaders of God's people as being judges. Judges and juries have the power to determine the course of lives, and we appreciate your using it righteously. Thank you, defense attorneys, especially hardworking public defenders. Many of you struggle to defend people caught in the justice system and win victories despite the poor budget you have and heavy caseloads. Police officers are probably being more careful with evidence. I believe even our prosecutors may deserve praise, also. Obviously, they are being more fair. Withholding evidence from defense attorneys and ascertaining false testimony from witnesses by coertion should be beneath you. Most inmates are guilty of the offenses for which they were sentenced. However, NO innocent people should be imprisoned or executed. The only way to ensure that innocents are not executed is to do as New Mexico did and repeal the death penalty. As wrongful convictions are overturned by the hundreds, people in the justice system and jury pools across America recognize the flaws in the justice system and increasingly say, "Death to the death penalty."

Indiana increased in prison sentencing while most of the nation experienced a decline. California has a dismal report at number 11 below, but this article is a good news report otherwise. See the exciting headlines beneath my signature block. Links to more articles are in the handy index in the left margin of this blog -
http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/ - California reported the state will resume executions after decades when no condemned inmates were killed. The story of one inmate who faces wrongful execution in California follows the headlines below - the wrongful conviction of Darrell Lomax. Darrel's story is also presented in an article in this blog about wrongful convictions, executions, and excessive sentencing called "Cameron Todd Willingham's Wrongful Execution - and Others" http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/cameron-todd-willinghams-wrongful.html

God loves justice, and so do I. Google for "Mary Loves Justice"! Follow me at Twitter, where I am KoffieTime, and I will follow you back - http://Twitter.com/KoffieTime - If you write about justice issues, please add me to your mailing list - MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

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Texas Moratorium Network: Death Sentences Decline, Life Without ...
Dec 28, 2009 ... Death Sentences Decline, Life Without Parole Sentences Rising, ... to die in prison, so they constitute a new kind of condemned person. ...stopexecutions.blogspot.com/.../death-sentences-decline-life-without.html - Cached

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Federal Drug Sentences Decline - NORML
Marc Mauer, assistant director of the Sentencing Project, credits the decline of prison sentences to changes in sentencing laws in 1994 that allow judges to ...www.natlnorml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4109 - Cached

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U.S. Prison Population in Decline for First Time in Decades ...
Dec 21, 2009 ... The decline in prison population is largely the result of the harsh ... that forced inmates to serve 85 percent of their prison sentences, ...www.politicsdaily.com/.../u-s-prison-population-to-decline-for-first-time-in-decades/ - Cached

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News results for prison sentences decline
Grand Forks Herald
Indiana Prison Populations Rise As Nation Sees Decline‎ - 7 hours ago
Prison officials blame the surge on lawmakers not pursuing alternatives to incarceration. Instead, they've relied on tougher sentences for crime. MyWabashValley 450 related articles »

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Death Sentences Decline, Life Without Parole Sentences Rising ...
Dec 27, 2009 ... Death Sentences Decline, Life Without Parole Sentences Rising, ... row in the four years since the law took effect, state prison data show. ...open.salon.com/.../death_sentences_decline_life_without_parole_sentences_rising_creating_new_kind_of_condemned_person - Cached

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Newsvine - Report: Death sentences decline; death rows shrink
Dec 18, 2009 ... Report: Death sentences decline; death rows shrink ... penalty and laws that allow inmates to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. ...www.newsvine.com/_.../3648149-report-death-sentences-decline-death-rows-shrink - Cached

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Sentencing Law and Policy: Notable prediction that prison ...
Dec 20, 2009 ... Notable prediction that prison population may decline in 2009 ... law required drug offenders to serve 85 percent of their sentences. ...sentencing.typepad.com/.../notable-prediction-that-prison-population-may-decline-in-2009.html - Cached

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Report: Death sentences decline; death rows shrink - Crime Library ...
1 post - 1 author - Last post: Dec 18, 2009Report: Death sentences decline; death rows shrink Death Penalty. ... that allow inmates to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. ...boards.library.trutv.com › ... › Death Penalty - Cached

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Report: Death Sentences Decline; Death Rows Shrink - cbs11tv.com
Report: Death Sentences Decline; Death Rows Shrink. MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) ― Texas and other states that lead the nation in ...cbs11tv.com/wireapnewstx/Report.Sharp.drop.2.1377368.html - Cached
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Report: Death sentences decline; death rows shrink
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick ViewReport: Death sentences decline; death rows shrink ... death penalty, life in prison without parole becomes a very viable option they can feel safe and ...www.floridacapitalcases.state.fl.us/.../Death%20Sentences%20Decline,%20Death%20Rows%20Shrink.pdf
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California's death row grows as death sentences decline nationwide ...California's death row grows as death sentences decline nationwide .... San Quentin State Prison's death row now houses more than a fifth of the 3279 ...articles.latimes.com/2009/dec/19/.../la-me-deathpenalty19-2009dec19 - Cached

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DARRELL LOMAX is in San Quentin State Prison in California. He was convicted of murder and defended by the same attorney who defended the State's witness against him. His second attorney was a prosecutor who called none of Darrell's witnesses to the stand. None of the evidence in the case pointed to him. Darrell Lomax has been on California's death row for more than 15 years, yet somehow, he has a beautiful smile. Darrell's smile denotes his faith that being innocent is enough assurance that he will not be executed. Please meet Darrell and review his case at http://freedarrell.com/ . Help his confidence in justice be validated. Sign his petition, please. Thanks in advance.