IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION
Most of us have committed misdemeanors
," says Robert L.
vehicular manslaughter is punishable by up to a year in jail, and felony hit-and-run is punishable by up to four years in prison.
05-02) 01:17 PDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A man in traffic court for a misdemeanor
skateboarding hearing now faces two felony charges after allegedly leaping onto the bench and threatening the judge.
But Stern said he was pleased that they were criminally convicted, even of misdemeanors
, rather than having the case settled administratively by the state Fair Political Practices Commission and the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.
The inmates had been arrested for misdemeanor
offenses and were subjected to intake searches before entering the general jail population.
A lot of the crimes we prosecute as misdemeanors
in Los Angeles would in fact be felonies in other jurisdictions.
Gaskin, principal of the North Valley Occupational Center in Mission Hills, was found guilty of four counts of misdemeanor
petty theft and damaging property.
After years of promises that only misdemeanor
cases would be heard at the controversial $96 million Chatsworth Courthouse, it may have taken the state's budget crisis to get Chatsworth residents what they want: Felony trials transferred to another courthouse.
From June 13, when the controversial program began, through Wednesday, 5,002 inmates had been released after serving 70 percent of their sentences for misdemeanor
convictions such as vandalism, petty theft and drunk or reckless driving.
Many of the prisoners who are released have been charged with misdemeanors
and failed to make bail, but these are serious crimes nonetheless.
Under Baca's new policy, suspects arrested on misdemeanors
with bail of $25,000 or less will be issued citations and will not be booked into jail.
Challenging the Board of Supervisors on law enforcement funding, Sheriff Lee Baca has released 842 inmates in the past week after they served at least 70 percent of their sentences for misdemeanors
, officials disclosed Thursday.
If I lived here, I'd rather have felony clients than misdemeanors
, because most felony clients are in custody, while misdemeanor
clients are drunk in public, lewd conduct, trespassing and petty theft.
Baca had planned to release inmates charged with misdemeanors
- such as vandalism, petty theft, and drunk or reckless driving - and being held on bail of $25,000 or less.