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Sara Mayeux

Is 16 Years in Prison for Attempted Theft of 3 Disposable Cameras: a) Humane? b) Just? c) A Good Use of State Resources? Discuss.

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From time to time I receive emails from Stanford Law School announcing the victories of its various student legal clinics. Normally, I don’t pay much attention since I get so many listserv-type emails. Every once in a while one jumps out at me. For instance, yesterday I received such an email with the following subject line:

Client Freed after serving 16 years for Trying to Steal Three Disposable Cameras

The client, who had initially been sentenced to 25-to-life in 1995, was represented by Stanford’s Three Strikes Project, which you can read more about here.

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  3. Sara, I had the same feeling when I read about this: http://californiacorrectionscrisis.blogspot.com/2010/02/alls-well-that-ends-well.html. It’s amazing how we’re supposed to rejoice in these “success stories”, when they basically illuminate what a colossal failure the entire system is. Which is not to make light of the important victories of the folks who produce them. Legal clinics are seminal in these efforts, providing much needed pro-bono work on behalf of folks who are thrown under the correctional bus.

    Hadar Aviram

    February 9, 2011 at 10:33 am

  4. As always when I read or hear of stories like this one… I think of the fact that if you have money or are well connected, you will never do time for petty crimes… however if you are poor and have no connections within the justice system, you are screwed. Further, since many if not most of these crimes has to do with drug use and abuse, we must begin helping our addicted citizens in order to save ourselves from a collapse from within.

    Johnny Exchange

    February 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm


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