Another tragic incident, with a pitiful outcome well short of Justice

The vehicles involved reportedly looked like this

The vehicles involved reportedly looked like this

from Times-Standard:

“Following a DUI accident in February that caused major injuries to Naomi Perras’ 55-year-old mother Sheila Fine and 39-year-old cousin Phillip James Keeney. Jerrica Taylor was sentenced Friday by Humboldt Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen included four years of supervised probation and 365 days in jail, with one of those being suspended. An outcome the daughter of one of the victims said was inadequate.”

We agree. First of all, Taylor will never serve anything close to a year in jail. Supervised probation in this county is a joke.
Violating probation in this county doesn’t hold any real consequences.

“Naomi Perras said her mother feels blessed to be alive because her surgeon told her he had never seen someone live after that many fractures. “My mother broke both her legs, all compound fractures, and has had multiple surgeries,” Perras said. “The last one was to take bone from her hip to replace missing femur bone.”

“My mother wanted it to be known that although we agreed to the plea deal, because we felt it was the best option, she feels it’s inadequate and her hope is that Ms. Taylor gets the help she needs,” Naomi Perras said in court. “My mother was a very vibrant, active 55-year-old prior to the accident, and the possibility of her life going back to what it was before the accident is slim. We don’t have a date for when she’ll be able to walk again.”

“I’d tell you, but for the attitudes of the victim, this is a prison case and I would send you to jail,” Reinholtsen said during the sentencing.”

The Victims of these and other crimes feel pressured and forced into agreeing to this type of “bad deal” from the DA’s office or they get nothing.

Another in the continuing drum beat of “very bad” pleads being foisted on the victims and the public. In less than a year’s time, we’ll all be driving on the same public roads with Jerrica Taylor, because this is Humboldt County’s idea of justice and protection of public safety.

What good does it do to have an expensive over armed bunch on DA investigators, when all that happens is these woefully inadequate/expedient plead deals?

The Examiner Staff hopes after the dust settles from the primary election and the field is narrowed down to two candidates; that real solutions and concrete plans, are brought forward and debated, to fix, what all, but Paul’s groupies, would call a complete disaster of a justice system in Humboldt County.

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15 thoughts on “Another tragic incident, with a pitiful outcome well short of Justice

  1. You’re forgetting there isn’t a whole lot of room in jail and the prisons to lock all these people up for very long. No matter who ends up being district attorney, that problem with remain.

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    • So why do we not have chains gangs then, it is very obvious we cant hold them in jail it is full. So why are we not making mow the parks, clean the ditches and so on. If they were forced to do hard labor atleast they would have consequences. We allow inmates to sleep in tents to fight fires. im pretty sure we could put 8 to tent military style tents in parking lot of jail and have these people sleep there and work everyday. Save the county millions in wages we now pay union eploed county employees to do. The biggest joke was the sherrif trying to build a new jail that only consisted of 20 beds. only 10% percent of new jail was cells and the rest was some office complex. The sherrif dont get it. These people are being released anyway so why not have them doing community service or jail time they can decide

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    • “So why do we not have chains gangs then”.

      We have something similar: the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program. Those are the work crews you see around the county clearing brush, maintenance on buildings and such. Those are people that are mostly doing what is referred to as “community service”, I believe.

      As far as real chain gangs, those inmates are housed overnight so it just means they’re in jail during the day. They still take up space in the jail. Sometimes you even see county jail inmate crews doing work during the day. They’re still in jail at night.

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  2. Has anybody considered mandatory restitution? As the cause of major injuries, suffering, and enormous medical bills, Taylor should spend the next 20 years making monthly payments to the victims and their families.

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  3. I like the idea of work camps, with tents. This would be for non violent low risk offenders. a step up from SWAT because they have to work everyday and not stay at the jail.

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    • I’m not necessarily opposed to the idea, but it’s frowned upon as violating prisoner’s right in some circles.

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    • Actually, I think security would be the main issue in a tent jail. Even in Honor Camps there is a problem with folks just walking away.

      If one of those folks goes on to doing something especially nasty it would not go well for the program.

      I think the best solution would be a prison farm such as Sonoma County has. It is a secure institution but not as intensive as a high security jail. The inmates stay behind razor wire and live in dormitories.

      Sonoma County uses (or used, it’s been a few years now) their prison farm to transition inmates from a high security setting to eventual release and also as a place for their medium and light security inmates.

      It would still cost a lot of money but nothing like a high security jail expansion.

      Just a Note: I worked on the staff of the prison farm; I did not live there (if you know what I mean).

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  4. Seems to me some people would jump at the chance to work outside instead of being stuck in a cell.

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  5. Why does this fall squarely on the DA’s office? What about the judge who had discretion and gave such a light sentence? I obviously support Firpo, but it is worth mentioning that not all DUIs are under-sentenced in this office. Cases like Brooke Hames are why Firpo won the MADD Award in 2013. It is the only time it has ever been given to a prosecutor in Humboldt County.

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  6. What none of you seem to have a clue about is how realignment has affected sentences. This is not to excuse Paul’s ineptness.

    So whoever is DA will not wave a magic wand.

    Blame Sacramento, get involved in holding state lawmakers accountable, educate yourself before kvetching.

    Have any of you written to the state to support the mandatory night-time release bill?

    Easy to come here and blog, get off your butts and do something.

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    • “Have any of you written to the state to support the mandatory night-time release bill?

      Isn’t that suggesting the opposite of the “lock them all up” thing being suggested by many here?

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  7. Night-time release bill relates to people being released in the middle of the night. They are not going to be locked up. This can be someone who got sober in 4 hours and was arrested for a DUI.

    The lock them all up mentality is a reaction. You don’t want crime. Address the drugs, easy money, liberal lawyers and create jobs and make people work.

    Not have 20 year-olds sign up for food stamps, drink Red Bull and go around making babies they will not take responsibility for.

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  8. ‘Supervised’probation is a joke. There is no supervision. There are no consequences. For years, the Probation Department has flown under the radar with a great deal of coveted secrecy for their failures while reoffending crimes by probationers, some quite heinous, are scuttled under the rug quietly.

    There are innumerable examples of probationers running around willy-nilly without accountability or oversight. Read the news reports and press releases carefully: whenever you hear of crimes, rearrests, searches, etc., it’s is ALWAYS by another agency– and never by the Probation Department.

    Talk to the probationers and victims themselves. They’ll straight-up tell you probation is a joke, a bleeding heart system that’s usually nonexistant except for a file buried deep in a cabinet drawer. When it does happen, it’s a system and person easily tricked or manipulated.

    They fail to do suervision, drug testing, monitoring, and searches, especially after hours and weekends. They fail to release information to the community. In fact, you rarely hear of them whatsoever. Although they are a big department with numerous employees and a budget to match, you rarely hear of anything proactive that they do.

    A good example was Father Freed. He was murdered by a drug-crazed probationer with a drug testing clause, had been previously tossed in jail and released late at night without oversight or supervision by his PO.

    The end result? Father Freed was brutally murdered– across the street from the Probation Department.

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  9. Putting non criminals out of work by using slave prison labor is not the answer. Most crimes are committed by drug addicts and most drug addicts become addicts when they lose hope for a decent life. People need jobs that pay a living wage. There is so much work that needs to be done that isn’t done, is done by minimum wage workers or volunteers. Home Health workers is one example. There are thousands of elderly confined to poor quality retirement homes at many times the cost of adequate home services. There are thousands of latchkey kids who spend hours every day without supervision or community programs to keep them busy because their parents can’t afford daycare and our community provides almost nothing in the way of free or low cost supervised activities to enrich their lives. We have parks that need maintenance and paid instructors in music, dance, art and sports. We could send kids through college and pay all their expenses for less than the cost of 1 year in prison. People aren’t born drug addicts and criminals. They are created by the neglect of their parents, their schools and their communities. Those who can provide decent care for their own elderly and enrichment for their own kids to keep them out of trouble need to wake up to the fact that denying the same to those who can’t afford it is very expensive, even deadly. The waste of human potential is shameful.

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