Mayor's Budget Cuts Should Include Phila. Prison System

December 22, 2008 | Angus Love | The Legal Intelligencer

Major Strasser’s been shot, round up the usual suspects." These words from Capt. Louis Renault in the closing scene of the epic film "Casablanca" sadly reflect criminal justice policies in Philadelphia for too many years.

All too often, quantity has replaced quality in the quest for public safety in our city. The usual suspects in our case are often people of color, the homeless, substance abusers and the seriously mentally ill. Are these the right folks to be targeting?

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