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Fairness for All Prisoners

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Recently, the State has not given the proper jail time to defendants.  Although defendants have been sentenced for committing a crime, they deserve to be given the appropriate credits towards their sentence.  

In People v. McDermott, when the State promises a defendant a certain amount of jail time credit in exchange for pleading guilty, the defendant is entitled to that amount of credit, even if he gains days for day credit.  In Grandberry v. Smith, the court held that a prisoner was entitled to his 30 day good time credit which was revoked when he followed the direction of prison staff to look up child custody/divorce documents in the legal library.  The court disregarded the prison's argument that the prisoner should not have followed the directions of the staff.  

Although many problems within the legal system still exist, in these two instances, justice was served.   

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