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Judge: Arrests 'clogging up' system; urges police to use discre...

There are 89 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 1, 2007, titled Judge: Arrests 'clogging up' system; urges police to use discre.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The administrative judge of the criminal division of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court told police chiefs on Thursday their departments' quickness to make felony arrests have wasted court time and put people ...

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Duh

United States

#1 Mar 1, 2007
Shows you how smart this "judge" is. He says felony arrests are clogging up the system but then he cites trashing a small amount of Marijuana. That would be a Misdemeanor not a trivial felony. Brilliant job your honor...

Since: Jan 07

Ghetto Ft Lauderdale

#2 Mar 1, 2007
build more jails
DUUUUUH

United States

#3 Mar 1, 2007
Someone go and commit a felony against the judge and lets see what he has to say then.
Judge Wapner

United States

#5 Mar 1, 2007
Collars for dollars. Nothing ever changes here in the Banana Republic.
DMK

United States

#6 Mar 1, 2007
The legislature never knows what the good people want, which is to get dangerous people off the streets and for their children not to have a criminal record that will constrict their future possibilities for life.
skipper

United States

#7 Mar 1, 2007
Of 13,000 felony arrests last year, about 8,000 to 10,000 made it to court, according to the State Attorney's Office. Of those cases, only half end up with jail sentences,

I'm grateful that 4,000 T0 5,000 thugs are sitting in jail.
A COP

Pompano Beach, FL

#8 Mar 1, 2007
I am glad that now that Judge Garrison is unfettered from running from office, he is finally expressing his true philosophy to the people who elected him under false pretenses. He is nothing but a liberal judge who does not want to do what is necessary to protect the public from criminals.
SAD

Boynton Beach, FL

#9 Mar 1, 2007
FINALLY A JUDGE THAT MAKES SENSE!!! KEEP THE VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN JAIL & LET THE MINOR THINGS GO AS IN POT OR PROSTITION!! LEGALIZE IT!! ARE YOU THE SAME FOLKS CRYING ABOUT PROPERTY TAXES?? MINOR ARRESTS AND JAIL TIME IS COSTING EVERYONE........
Nick

United States

#10 Mar 2, 2007
SAD wrote:
FINALLY A JUDGE THAT MAKES SENSE!!! KEEP THE VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN JAIL & LET THE MINOR THINGS GO AS IN POT OR PROSTITION!! LEGALIZE IT!! ARE YOU THE SAME FOLKS CRYING ABOUT PROPERTY TAXES?? MINOR ARRESTS AND JAIL TIME IS COSTING EVERYONE........
Agreed. Who cares about "quality of life" crimes? I'd rather the limited jail spaces go to violent offenders than addicts! It's sad that it takes a retiring judge to point out what everybody knows but doesn't have the courage to say!
Mike

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Mar 2, 2007
Typical left wing, bleeding heart, tree hugging activist judge. He's busy so all the policemen should look the other way and only arrest people he thinks should be arrested. Thankfully, it is his last term.
Tears in Tally

Pompano Beach, FL

#12 Mar 2, 2007
Are you nuts? The addicts are the ones breaking into your homes to steal your jewelry and money. The courts have tried being lenient with these folks for years, but they are rarely rehabilitated. When all of that fails what are we to do with them? I know. They can move in with you.
Nick wrote:
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Agreed. Who cares about "quality of life" crimes? I'd rather the limited jail spaces go to violent offenders than addicts! It's sad that it takes a retiring judge to point out what everybody knows but doesn't have the courage to say!
DRS

United States

#13 Mar 2, 2007
GOOD FOR HIM..ITS ABOUT TIME........
fred

United States

#14 Mar 2, 2007
Duh wrote:
Shows you how smart this "judge" is. He says felony arrests are clogging up the system but then he cites trashing a small amount of Marijuana. That would be a Misdemeanor not a trivial felony. Brilliant job your honor...
So..........You think one or two grams of weed should be a felony?
Floridagator

Osteen, FL

#15 Mar 2, 2007
SAD wrote:
FINALLY A JUDGE THAT MAKES SENSE!!! KEEP THE VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN JAIL & LET THE MINOR THINGS GO AS IN POT OR PROSTITION!! LEGALIZE IT!! ARE YOU THE SAME FOLKS CRYING ABOUT PROPERTY TAXES?? MINOR ARRESTS AND JAIL TIME IS COSTING EVERYONE........
AGREED 1000%---It is a BIG waste of our tax dollars to send or arrest non violent offenders.What a waste
putting someone in jail for a paultry dime bag of weed. Just legalize it and tax it,and using the $$ for people that want help to get off of ANY drugs, rehab, teaching the children the harms of REAL BAD drugs, etc. I pesonally don't drink or smoke weed or do any hard drugs, but alcohol, tobacco and even tylenol causes more deaths than all the other (hard) drugs put together.The way it stands is very discriminatory with drugs. Booze a violent drug vs weed, that makes the user mellow, less likely for domestic violence alcohol related issues. I don't condone children using drugs, but if kids want to get high all they have to do is ...well you know the rest, as I would not want to give any ideas on any forum.......GOD SPEED & GOD BLESS
Keep us Safe

United States

#16 Mar 2, 2007
The legislature has to look at the laws (felonies). Keep arresting for felonies until the law is changed.

Get Garrison out! If he can't open his mouth for fear of losing his office....then he needs to go.

Getting a "history" on an individual is important. These arrests are the "history".

Garrison would be calling the police the first time someone was drinking, drugging and it affected him.

This is a proactive stance by police. IF these people are drinking, drugging and driving,they put other people's lives at stake.

What's wrong with the man?
colton lover

United States

#17 Mar 2, 2007
the law is the law without exception,prejudice,or bias,and must be enforced wholly to everyone equally,fully and not in part because of circumstance,for the safety and well being of it's citizens,and for the better of our community
Nick

United States

#18 Mar 2, 2007
Tears in Tally wrote:
Are you nuts? The addicts are the ones breaking into your homes to steal your jewelry and money. The courts have tried being lenient with these folks for years, but they are rarely rehabilitated. When all of that fails what are we to do with them? I know. They can move in with you.
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You know nothing about drug addiction as is evident from your post. Drug addicts are rehabilitated in hospitals, treatment centers, outpatient clinics, not JAILS. They are for the most part non-violent offenders. I could care less if someone chooses to self-medicate by using illegal substances. I do care, however, about violent people (child abusers, animal abusers, domestic violence offenders, anyone carrying an illegal firearm, etc.) who are let out on bond because there is no place to house them!!!
Mike the Cop

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Mar 2, 2007
I'm a cop and if I conduct a traffic stop and through a check of his driver's license discover that his license is currently suspended and this is the fifth time it's been suspended, I'm arresting him and he's going to jail. He is then eligible for bail and can sit at home until his trial date.
If I don't make the arrest, and he plows his car into another car and kills someone, I'll be criticized for not having made the arrest.

If I'm going to be criticized, then criticize me for being tough on criminals, who put your safety at risk.

"Damned if we do, damned if we don't".
Lee in Texas

Dallas, TX

#20 Mar 2, 2007
I have to agree with this Judge. In years past, the police would let some minor crime be tossed out. But due to the POLICE STATE MENTALILTY this country has become, and everybody wanting a Rose garden city to live in. Something is going to have to give. All the parties need to sit down and work out a better system. Paying more of our $ TAX $ dollars is bleeding, the tax payers to death. Kudos for Judge Garrison. Besides, Iíd rather hear from all the judges on this issue. The taxpayer is paying their paycheck, so letís hear how the system can improve from the Bench.
And it's not only happening in Florida.
Jim

AOL

#22 Mar 2, 2007
I was pulled over for changing lanes, the cops partner rifled thru my car, found a roach in the ashtray, I was arrested and spent the night in jail, the next day the judge tossed it out but it remains on my record. So be it, but if PBC or any other law enforcement agency calls and asks for charitable donations.....they can go f--k themselves.

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