Multnomah County DA on why 80% of civil unrest cases have been rejected | KATU

The problem is that normally the DA probably doesn’t reject 80% of local law enforcement cases from any department. So imagine how the police feel having to face the rioters, having to observe the lawlessness, make arrests when possible, and the have the DA indiscriminately throw out the case and there is no justice for the victims and society. How do DAs get by without upholding their oath of office? Why doesn’t the chief executive officer hold them accountable?

New data from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office is providing a clearer picture of how the civil unrest cases are being prosecuted. The District Attorney’s office says 1,108 criminal civil unrest cases were referred to them between May 29, 2020, and June 11, 2021. Of those, 891 criminal cases were rejected. “We look at every case individually and based on the merits,” said Mike Schmidt, the Multnomah County District Attorney.
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The cumulative risk of jail incarceration

Research on incarceration has focused on prisons, but jail detention is far more common than imprisonment. Jails are local institutions that detain people before trial or incarcerate them for short sentences for low-level offenses. Research from the 1970s and1980s viewed jails as “managing the rabble,” a small and deeply disadvantaged segment of urban populations that struggled with problems of addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. The1990s and 2000s marked a period of mass criminalization in which new styles of policing and court processing produced large numbers of criminal cases for minor crimes, concentrated in low-income communities of color. In a period of widespread criminal justice contact for minor offenses, how common is jail incarceration for minority men, particularly in poor neighborhoods? We estimate cumulative risks of jail incarceration with an administrative data file that records all jail admissions and discharges in New York City from 2008 to 2017. Although New York has a low jail incarceration rate, we find that 26.8% of Black men and 16.2% of Latino men, in contrast to only 3% of White men, in New York have been jailed by age 38 y. We also find evidence of high rates of repeated incarceration among Black men and high incarceration risks in high-poverty neighborhoods. Despite the jail’s great reach in New York, we also find that the incarcerated population declined in the study period, producing a large reduction in the prevalence of jail incarceration for Black and Latino men.

Access the report HERE

California Lawmakers Approve District Attorney Recusal Law

WOW! This is interesting. Is this another move to push police in a corner? Another form of punishment of the police? To further erode the rights for police?

Why does it matter if a police organization supports a District Attorney in a political race and they win? Why is it that they then can’t investigate any police officer involved in a “bad” use of force or misconduct case?

How are campaign funds received from Defense Attorney organizations? What about endorsements by political committees? MUST the District Attorney recuse themselves when dealing with defense attorneys????? Which is always! What about being an endorsed the Democrat Committee and the person on trial in a registered DEMOCRAT voter? WHAT?! The District Attorney MUST obviously RECUSE.

How are monies received from large companies or associations where now the Distract Attorney has an employee or owner of the donating company or a member of the association in a case before them????
I know RECUSE!!!!

This law can’t be Just Against POLICE right? It can’t take away the 1st Amendment rights from the police to associate and take part in the political process RIGHT?

What the police associations should do is donate $1.00 to everyone’s campaign (Distract Attorney, State Attorney etc., Judges) so everyone has to recuse themselves.

The Article:
Looking to weed out conflict of interest, lawmakers approved legislation barring prosecutors who accept law enforcement campaign donations from trying officers for bad shootings and other cases of misconduct.

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The Pandemic Prompted Marilyn Mosby to Stop Prosecuting Low-Level Crimes. Will Other D.A.s Follow? – The Appeal

Or is the pandemic an excuse?

Prosecutors across the country have begun declining low-level cases in an effort to reduce racial inequity and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Collecting and Using Data for Prosecutorial Decisionmaking | Urban Institute

This brief summarizes findings from a national survey of state prosecutors’ offices and offers insights for prosecutors, policymakers, and other stakeholders on how prosecutors collect and use data to manage their offices, understand trends, and evaluate their success.
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When Freddie Gray woke up on April 12, 2015, he surely did not know that he would soon enter a coma only to die a week later. That morning, he walked to breakfast in his old West Baltimore neighbor- hood with two of his best friends. The restaurant they wanted to visit was closed, however, so they left. At some point on the way home, they encountered police officers on bicycles.

“Progressive” Prosecutors Sabotage the Rule of Law, Raise Crime Rates, and Ignore Victims | The Heritage Foundation


The American prosecutor occupies a unique role among lawyers. The prosecutor has a higher duty than other attorneys. His duty is to seek justice, not simply to obtain convictions.
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Also look fo the link on the webpage to download the full report.

Police solve just 2% of all major crimes

When police arrest a suspect who is then convicted of the crime, it is a rare exception rather than the rule in the US.
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Commentary: How can the Criminal Justice System be this massive trap of Mass Incarceration when only 2% of the crimes that carry the longest prison sentence end in conviction. I’m not sure how plea deals are calculated seeing that 90% of all court cases end in a plea deal. Some of the thoughts here are that criminals are prolific and they eventually get caught, so the arrest of one criminal may stop 20-30 future crimes. Some criminals commit very few crimes and stop either forever or for long periods of time.

NOTABLE: Publications from the links in the article

How Effective Are Police? The Problem of Clearance Rates and Criminal Accountability

Most violent and property crimes in the U.S. go unsolved

Alternatives to Arrest for Young People