So, you say that something like this is the stuff of movies. Maybe, but jails and municipalities will pay attention to the 2 million dollar fine and institute safeguards on some level to keep this from happening.
Notice that at no point in this story is there any mention of punishment of those in positions of responsibility for false imprisonment.
We know about this one because there was a $2 million payout in court. What we don’t know is how many men, women and children have been jailed for lesser periods of time and then given the boot at some unknown point because the prosecutors could not put a case together.
Then again, how many took plea bargains for parole because they had kids in the hands of temp caregivers that were running out of resources or patience. Then they got violated on zero tolerance because they ran out of gas, the car broke down or what not and went straight to prison for the rest of the sentence.
No one knows those numbers because to know those numbers means they have to own them and take responsibility for sloppy administration of justice.
Now, think that once any safeguards are removed what will happen. This has been done by the congress what handed the president the authority to incarcerate men and women in military prisons without contact to the outside for indefinite periods of time. This is sure to dribble down the state and locale level because the congress set the example.
Look at all the dribble downs from the top that have happened in the last 20 years. Civil forfeitures being the single biggest one that stands out like a black eye. Then look at how police procedures have been twisted to capitalize on the law.
Another example is mandatory minimums. Think in terms of how many men, women and children have been se-up with false buys at the break point for ten or fifteen years.
Follow this link for the entire article: Man Held in Solitary Confinement 2 Years After DWI Gets $22M