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Old 04-24-2009, 02:56 AM
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Maybe Alaska, Other than that NONE
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I don't think any state is lenient. Perhaps the sentencing judge in whatever county in whatever state may be, but there is no state in the U.S. that I have ever heard of that is lenient on crime or punishment.
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I know it ain't PA. No good time, have to serve your minimum before eligible for parole and even then studies show less than 5% of inmates eligible for parole the first time get it. Sucks!
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I guess it depends on what crime you do. In SC if you rob someone or get caught selling drugs good luck because you are going wayyyyy down. Now if you do something "minor" like oh murder someone you can probably get less time than the people robbing and selling drugs. Sounds a little crazy to me but it is what it is.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:11 PM
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Missouri is not lenient, but they ARE very open to parole you VERY quickly. you only do 15% at most before parole if you are nonviolent
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Lenient is a relative term.

In general, it is my belief that Democratic states/counties are more lenient than Republican states/counties. If I were facing charges, I'd rather be facing them in New England or the upper midwest or the northwest than in the deep south.

This is general, of course. Results can vary from one county to another and from one courtroom to another.
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I have not heard of any particular state being lenient, but I have heard of judges who think for themselves and use the guidelines as guidelines rather than a carved in stone document. Those people seem to be in New York and North of there as Mark2008 said. I have a family member in Florida, and they seem pretty tough.
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Some counties in Md are very lenient.
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Lenient is a relative term.

In general, it is my belief that Democratic states/counties are more lenient than Republican states/counties. If I were facing charges, I'd rather be facing them in New England or the upper midwest or the northwest than in the deep south.

This is general, of course. Results can vary from one county to another and from one courtroom to another.

I would definitely agree with the deep south thing... Even on the GA DOC and parole board websites, it has info stating (very proudly, might I add) that GA is the only state where certain offenders are required to serve their entire sentence without the possibility of parole (for certain crimes)...
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:02 AM
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Any state with a high African-American population will be more likely to be strict.

A white judge and jury are unlikely to show much sympathy to a black person accused of a crime. They are considered menaces to society. Better to put him/her in prison and out of circulation. This filters down to the general mindset and affects all defendants.

Racial profiling in the legal system is not a myth.
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