Monday, January 24, 2011

This is why you lock them up. Part VI

Same as usual: Criminal with an extensive violent history gets reduced sentence, commits yet another violent crime.

Johnny Simms, 22, had an extensive criminal record that included selling marijuana in high school, cocaine trafficking after getting out of jail, armed robbery and a homicide.

Simms violated his probation when he was again arrested in June 2010, this time for robbery with a deadly weapon and selling cocaine. He pleaded guilty and Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Julio Jimenez sentenced him to one year in prison plus five years' probation.

But Simms served only one month because he had earned credit for time served earlier in a Miami-Dade jail.
He was released in September 2010 on five years of court-mandated ``administrative probation,'' a low-level form of supervision that does not require regular check-ins with authorities.

Simms hadn't been out a month before he was again implicated in a violent act.

Out of the 30k'ish gun deaths that occur every year, I wonder how many others can be traced back to incompetent judges giving out softball sentences?

More examples of people who should have stayed locked up:
This is why you lock them up, Part VI
This is why you lock them up. Part IV
This is why you lock them up. Part III
This is why you lock them up. Part II
This is why you lock them up.

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