Has the long arm of THE LAW gotten too long?

MPR’s Tom Scheck reports Senate bill aims to cut prison sentences to save state funds.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman chimes in

“In my experience going back to the ’80s, I’ve never seen a rush at the last moment to attempt to save lots of money by making radical changes to the criminal justice system,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Hear me out, I have a theory. My theory is that an overhaul to the criminal justice system is long overdue. I know it. You know it. Our law makers know it, but they couldn’t appear soft on crime and make the changes during normal economic times. In effect, this reform may be the silver lining in our massive budget problem.

Bob Collins is Live-blogging Midmorning: Getting ‘less tough on crime?’

What do you think? Has the long arm of the law gotten too long?



3 Comments so far

  1. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on April 16th, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    I think you are on to something, David.

  2. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on April 16th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    As opposed to "on something." (grin)

  3. David (jacc) on April 16th, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    There’s no need for the two to be mutually exclusive.

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