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September 10, 2009

FAMM survey on views about sentencing reform

I received this inquiry from Families Against Mandatory Minimums via e-mail today, and was informed that FAMM would like to hear from as many persons as possible:

Why do you care about FAMM and sentencing justice?  Take FAMM's survey and let us know!  It only takes a minute, it's only five questions, and it's completely anonymous!  This is your chance to help FAMM learn more about our members and why you care about sentencing reform. Click the link below, or check FAMM's website or Facebook page to complete our survey. We'll post the results on our website at the end of September.

Please take a moment to do this FAMM survey.  It is really short and easy, and I hope both fans and foes of modern sentencing systems will weigh in.

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I estimate it will be 1000 years before Prof. Berman allows a victim group to use his blog to get attention.

When you knock down the simplicity of mandatory sentences, you introduce complexity requiring more lawyer time.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 10, 2009 8:52:49 PM

I just happen to have an entire category archive devoted to "Victims' Rights at Sentencing," SC, and just today I was talking to the head of the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center about what I might do to help his group. I am happy --- indeed, eager --- to do more post on victims rights as the impact sentencing issues if/whenerver requested by a victim group.

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 10, 2009 10:07:27 PM

I didn't like their survey. They assume anyone who shows up does in fact support their work.

I used the 'other' choices to inform them otherwise.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Sep 10, 2009 10:15:03 PM

One of the most important Victims Right at Sentencing is, of course, the right to counsel. No?

This lawyer job maker trumps the Rules of Evidence, allows ex parte communications without the right to cross examine. It generates already self-evident displays of hysterics, designed to generate unwarranted animus. In half the cases, the victim was legally drunk. In most cases, the victim knew the perp, and decided to maintain close physical proximity to a criminal. You know what a lion does? What will happen if you jump into the lion's cage at the zoo? If you know what lions do, whose fault is it, the result after jumping into its cage.

I was thinking of the victim's right to live as free of the fear of crime as the lawyer does. In lawyer neighborhoods, there is less crime than in Japan or Switzerland. Why? The death penalty is at the scene for the pitiful fool who decides to commit any violent crime in those areas. Within 2 minutes, several police cars show up, and college educated police come out blasting, fully immunized from ruinous civil rights litigation taking down their peers only a couple of miles away, in the inner city.

That is the victim's right to which I was referring.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 10, 2009 11:12:50 PM

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