Although providing criminal offenders with alternative sentencing programs to help them avoid jail time can be a much better way to rehabilitate, offenders who are a true danger to society may see the decreased penalties as a get out of jail free card.
Newport Beach, California (PRWEB) June 08, 2013
According to recent statistics released by the FBI (June 3, 2013), the Western United States experienced a 3.3 percent increase in violent crimes when compared to statistics from the previous year. Randy Collins, California criminal defense attorney, believes the study to reinforce his own findings and provides reasoning for the court’s new sentencing structure.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics (UCR) found violent crimes throughout the United States to have increased by 1.2 percent overall when compared to the previous year, while property crimes experienced a decrease of nearly 1%. The UCR statistics were compiled by submissions received by federal, local, campus, tribal and state law enforcement agencies, but are still preliminary findings. A full report will be released later this year.
A breakdown of the more notable findings found that (1) the west experienced a 3.3 percent increase in violent crime. (2) The most significant increases in reported violent crime (more than 3.5 percent) were in cities that had populations between 500,000 and 999,999, (3) The northeast experienced a 4.4 percent decrease in murder, 0.2 percent decrease in forcible rapes, 1.4 percent decrease in robberies, and 0.1 percent decrease in aggravated assaults, and (4) the number of arson incidents fell overall by 1.2 percent.
Randy Collins, California criminal defense lawyer, has noticed an increase in violent crime offenders seeking his services and believes the increase may be due to the prison system’s instability. “A lot of changes have been made to the way criminals are sentenced over the last few years. Crimes that used to result in years of prison can now be a 3 month jail sentence. In many cases, violent offenders repeat their offenses and have a very difficult time getting back on the straight and narrow. Although providing criminal offenders with alternative sentencing programs to help them avoid jail time can be a much better way to rehabilitate, violent offenders who are a true danger to society may see the decreased penalties as a get out of jail free card.
“In many ways, the changes to our court system have helped better serve Californians and have created a more effective way of prioritizing those who need extended incarceration as opposed to those who don’t. It is a work in progress that will require a great deal of change before all is said and done. Previously, the number of offenders who were being sentenced to prison was too great for our system to accommodate. Although the Western United States may experience growing pains during this adjustment period, we have no doubt that we are headed in a direction that will be better equipped to handle our changing society,” said Attorney Collins.
About MacGregor & Collins, LLP
MacGregor & Collins, LLP is a California criminal defense law firm based in Orange County, California. Randy Collins, firm partner, believes that all criminal offenders deserve to be represented by the best possible criminal defense attorneys, regardless of their circumstance. If you are facing criminal charges in Southern California, speaking with an experienced MacGregor & Collins criminal defense attorney may be in your best interest.
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