“More punishment for more people.”
The uppercase depiction of longstanding American criminal law policies imbues them with a sense of fervor and unquestioned harshness. The War on Crime. Its attendant War on Drugs.
Here is a case from outside Colorado that we submit is broadly relevant from a criminal law perspective. We note below its essential details for our readers.
Yes, they found heroin in the vehicle.
"I didn't do it."
A recent Denver Post article’s reference to “poor judgment, impulsiveness, lack of inhibitions, short temper and inability to solve problems” might reasonably link in many people’s minds to descriptors of individuals embroiled in the criminal justice system.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced the issuance of pardons to 17 criminally convicted offenders last week.
The Denver Police Department is no different from peer organizations across the country in wanting to be as accurate as possible regarding crime reporting and classification. As a recent Denver Post article duly notes, "Inaccurate or false crime data can damage a department's credibility."
One Denver police lieutenant says that select individuals who accompany him when he responds to 911 calls "are worth their weight in gold."
We all know the overriding strategy long employed in the so-called War on Crime against criminal suspects.