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.
“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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