NYC Tries to Eliminate Short Jail Sentences

Like many other cities, New York wants to reduce its jail population and repeated lock-ups of low-level offenders. The latest attempt to address that goal centers around a bold idea that could be modeled nationwide: Do away with all jail sentences of less than a month.

Author of Jail Standards Refuses to Make Them Public

The standards followed by jailers across Utah and in 18 other states help counties provide a legally sound level of inmate care , says their author, Gary DeLand. Most of the standards must remain secret for what he called “selfish” reasons. “Coca-Cola doesn’t tell Pepsi-Cola what goes in the damn drink,” he said.