Monthly Archives: August 2012

Looking for a Map?

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Do you need a map of the State, County or City where you live? Are you looking for a current map or a historic one of your area? You may be surprised by the number and types of maps available online. Most States offer standard maps such as road maps, crime maps, legislative district maps, and others. However, many States offer other useful maps including historic maps.

For instance, Utah’s “Geologic Survey Maps,” include geologic maps, geologic hazard maps, ground water maps and topographic maps. Alabama’s “Air Photo Maps” available by County includes views by location … Read More

Going to School to Stay Out of Jail

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Contrary to stereotypes of hard-nosed prosecutors and stern judges, not every District Attorney or criminal court judge is out to lock up every lawbreaker for the maximum term. In every state, there are programs designed to keep offenders out of jail and to steer them away from future offenses. We’re all familiar with probation, which substitutes supervision for jail time.

In recent years, other types of alternative approaches have been implemented. We’ve documented several of them: Mental Health Courts, Drug Courts, Juvenile Diversion, Veterans Courts, Adult Diversion, Family Dependency Treatment Court, and Traffic SchoolRead More

Public Defender standards enacted by the Washington State Supreme Court

In June 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court directed the state’s public defenders to limit their caseloads and certify compliance with the new numerical standards on a quarterly basis.  With the goal of improving the quality of legal representation for indigent defendants, the Court has adopted standards that were formerly considered advisory and largely unenforceable.  But by imposing a cap on the number and type of cases a public defender can handle, the Court has burdened local government with potentially devastating costs, as cities and counties in Washington state currently contract for their defender services.   With already strained budgets, how … Read More

Track Crime in York County

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Residents of York County, Virginia can now track crime in their neighborhoods thanks to a new online crime map launched by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has partnered with BAIR Analytics to provide this new crime mapping program called RAIDS Online. This interactive crime mapping website allows the sheriff’s office to automatically upload crime information as it occurs providing York County residents a firsthand look at crimes occurring in their county. The service went online last week.

This program allows citizens to map criminal offenses by date, location, and time span. Crimes such as thefts, assaults, burglaries, arson, … Read More