Ithaca judge: Majority in jail ‘in crisis,’ need treatment

By Michael Smith
The Ithaca Voice

ITHACA – When a person ends up in jail, much of society views that as a just punishment for a crime. Ithaca City Court Judge Scott Miller offered a more compassionate take on the incarcerated during a meeting of the Tompkins Jail Study Committee.

Photo by The Ithaca Voice Ithaca City Court Judge Scott Miller speaks during a meeting of the Tompkins Jail Study Committee.
Photo by The Ithaca Voice
Ithaca City Court Judge Scott Miller speaks during a meeting of the Tompkins Jail Study Committee.

“Sometimes, in the middle of the night when we receive a call, and the officer has merely arrested the person on petit larceny, shoplifting – $20 item, $50 item – and the officer says, ‘Well judge, I also need to let you know that John Smith or Jane Joe has informed me that they shot up 20 bags of heroin in the last 12 hours.’ This is not a rare occurrence,” Miller said.

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One thought on “Ithaca judge: Majority in jail ‘in crisis,’ need treatment

  1. No offense to the judge but this is the problem when a defense lawyer becomes a judge. They want to believe every sob story that comes before them. The criminals in the Ithaca area have learned that if they profess a drug problem they’ll be diverted into programs where they get slaps on the wrist for their criminal behaviors. The county jail is not full of people with minor criminal charges and drunks with minor charges who need the night to dry out, and when you have people with felony bench warnings..in other words, they’ve failed to appear for felony level charges…getting released on their own recognizance, or multiple felonies and misdemeanors getting reduced to probation, we have a problem in this county with real criminals failing to be on the receiving end of proper punishment.

    This county, with its unwillingness to build a proper sized jail and aversion to incarcerating the criminals in our midst as punishment for their crimes, is the laughingstock of upstate NY. When little tiny Tioga, Cortland, Seneca, etc counties are all building jails with capacities of over 100 beds, not only is that an indicator of how large OUR jail should be, but those counties are building their facilities with dollars that WE are sending them with our boarded out prisoners because the liberals who run the Ithaca circus can’t do right by their law-abiding citizens