The high theater that greeted me while walking into the courtroom was merely a prelude. Ms. Prosecutor was a local law school graduate (the place nearly looked like a barn, and graduates of it often acted like it was one), and she prosecuted the case from the moment that Dennis was arrested. Technically, he no longer had a million-dollar bail. In the first bail hearing the judge reduced it to a paltry $750,000, which was still by far the highest bail of the 1,200 county jail inmates. At that hearing, I was shocked to hear Ms. Prosecutor telling outrageous lies. If Dennis had ever told a lie remotely as big as the ones I heard her tell, he would still be behind bars. Soon after Dennis was arrested, his lawyer approached Ms. Prosecutor, asking her if they could work out a deal. Her response to Dennis’s attorney was, "If he pleads guilty to all charges, I will see that he doesn't get the death penalty!"
Required changes will affectreporting of site assessments, master planning, funding for new jailconstruction, budget, operational and fiscal information, assessment offacility maintenance, reimbursement for detention costs, approval andadministrative oversight of appropriated funds, approval for housing olderjuveniles, authority of juvenile courts, juvenile parole supervision,composition of the State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Youthful OffenderBlock Grant Program establishment, construction of a local youthful offenderrehabilitation facility, telephone services to inmates, funding for offenderrehabilitation, probation pilot project funding, and reimbursement of localagencies and school districts.
DPIC | Death Penalty Information Center
Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. Fiscal Impact: Net ongoing reduction in state and county criminal justice costs of around $150 million annually within a few years, although the impact could vary by tens of millions of dollars depending on various factors.