Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Drug That Worries DA John Morganelli Most

When I spoke with DA John Morganelli yesterday about the de facto decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana, he told me that another, completely legal, drug bothers him a lot more. Booze. According to the DA, "Our biggest problem is DUI offenses, which makes up over 40% of our court list. We will be meeting with Judges Rosciola and Baratta soon to discuss this issue."

He added that it creates problems at the jail, which simply lacks the capacity to handle convicted Defendants as fast as they can be processed. As a result, they actually have to wait until there's room.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

These DUI offenders should be locked up and not given programs to laugh it off. Alcohol is the scourge of the system.

Bernie O'Hare said...

That would probably require about 3 or 4 jails in every county.

Anonymous said...

The price of alcohol to our society is immense. When you add up all of the car accidents and domestic abuse situations, you realize that the party has been over for some time. Tougher laws are getting some people to wake up.