Your article on the justice-system master plan changes (“Placer embarks on $316,000 justice-system master plan effort,” Journal, March 27) fails to recognize one of the biggest reasons why there are 70 percent of our prisoners awaiting trial, and only 30 percent are serving sentences.
I was a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA) for three years and I have also been watching a family member go through the criminal court system.
I have spent many hours in court watching the process unfold. What you see is continuance after continuance. Lawyers “waiving time.” Cases getting rescheduled week after week, or month after month.
This goes on for many months or years. The parties to the case do not come prepared and the judge thinks he has no option but to reschedule the case. In the meantime, the lawyers keep adding “billable hours” and charging their clients or the county.
The solution is real simple. Don’t allow the lawyers to waive time. Sixty to 90 days should be plenty of time to prepare all but the most difficult case.
Eric Hill, Auburn