People involved in the justice system often wonder why it gets a bad rap from the general populace. They have the nerve to say it is about justice when in most cases it clearly is not. More often than not it is about the bottom line like all businesses. This particular nugget not only takes the cake but it is clear demonstration of the irrationality of the judges with peoples’ lives in their hands. In PG county Maryland a particular judge has instituted a policy of making people pay $45.00 to the crime victims fund even in cases where nobody was hurt such as possession charges and driving on a suspended license.
This whole scheme was concocted primarily because the state’s attorney office was having difficulty in getting funds collected. If these people fail to pay within a month a warrant is issued for their arrest and they can spend days in lockup until their bond is posted. In cases where other fines are assessed they are normally given 90 days to make payments and if they don’t it is sent to the state collection unit. The logic behind this practice is retarded. I know for a fact it costs a couple hundred dollars a day to house someone at the county jail.
So in essence they are willing to spend hundreds if not thousands to recover a funky a** $45.00 from someone who is not a hardened criminal. Majority of these people have jobs and families to support. When you lock these people up it puts their jobs at risk which are their only means of supporting themselves. The economy is still in the s***ter and as a direct result of this I am almost certain people have lost their job behind this. If you make them lose their employment you only adding to the problem.
This practice is keeping people trapped in the system indefinitely. I could be wrong but I think their something bigger at play here. The more people they house the more state funding they receive in essence bringing more money to the county.The more people they have trapped in the system the more money they are able to make off of them through various avenues. Many people have to pay for parole and probation out of the own pockets as well as the various drug, behavior and addiction classes that are mandatory as part of their sentences.
This is a clear demonstration of one of the evils of the system. The judge institutes a practice as a favor for the prosecutors and that is a clear conflict of interest which is, not only illegal but unethical in the eyes of the so called law. There is no such thing as true justice. No matter the verdict money is made; the only thing that changes is what direction the money flows. Always remember justice is a business regardless of the gloss they put on it.