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Sara Mayeux

The Judge’s Case for Criminal Justice Reform

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“What is the oppressor of the poor? I am convinced that is it drug and alcohol addiction and it is in part the criminal justice system that does not help the poor, but instead sets them up for failure,” Cobb said. “Do poor people have money for the best legal counsel? No they do not. Do poor people have insurance so they can get money to pay for drug treatment? No, they do not. Do poor people have transportation so they can go to community service work, so they can go to court, so they can go to drug testing, so they can go get a job like the court has asked them to do? No, they cannot.”

Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court.

Written by sara

May 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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  1. […] I had previously noted Sue Bell Cobb’s interest in criminal justice reform a few months ago, here. […]

  2. I concur, it’s the vicious cycle for the poor and underprivileged. If they are only given better rehabilitation programs and better chances, maybe, just maybe they won’t resort to committing the same crimes.

    Radio Head

    September 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm


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