20 U. Dayton L. Rev. 779 (1994-1995)
Truth in Sentencing - Why States Should Make Violent Criminals Do Their Time

handle is hein.journals/udlr20 and id is 787 raw text is: TRUTH IN SENTENCING-WHY STATES SHOULD
MAKE VIOLENT CRIMINALS DO THEIR TIME
James Wootton*
I. INTRODUCTION
More and more state legislators are coming to realize that America's
criminal justice system is failing, and that too many Americans literally are dying
from a severe case of bad public policy.
ITEM: Consider a heinous crime that has shocked the nation. Twelve-year-
old Polly Klaas of Petaluma, California, was abducted from her home during a
sleepover with two friends on October 1, 1993. During the abduction, both of
Polly's friends were gagged and bound by the assailant. Little Polly, forcibly
taken into the night, was later murdered. Richard Allen Davis, the alleged
assailant, already had been sentenced to sixteen years in prison for kidnapping,
but was released on June 27, 1993, after serving only eight years of that
sentence.'
ITEM: James Jordan, the fifty-six-year-old father of basketball star
Michael Jordan, was fatally shot in the chest on Interstate 95 in North Carolina
on July 23, 1993. Charged in the murder of James Jordan were Larry Martin
Demery and Daniel Andre Green. Demery had been charged in three previous
cases involving theft, robbery, and forgery. Green had been paroled after serving
two years of a six-year sentence for an assault in which he had hit a man in the
head with an axe, leaving his victim in a coma.'
ITEM: Sister Mary Ann Glinka, aged fifty and a member of the Franciscan
Sisters of Baltimore Motherhouse in Baltimore, Maryland, was strangled to
death at the convent. Baltimore police concluded that Sister Mary Ann was
murdered during a robbery at the convent. On March 21, 1993, Melvin L. Jones
was arrested and subsequently charged with robbery and the murder of Sister
Mary Ann. The alleged assailant had been sentenced in North Carolina in 1979
to eighteen to twenty years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, but had escaped
on November 27, 1986. In 1989, Jones was arrested again in Baltimore for three
burglaries, but let out on parole in 1990. In 1991, the North Carolina judiciary
sentenced Jones to a year in jail on the escape charge, and contacted Maryland
* President, Safe Streets Alliance, Washington, D.C. This Article is based upon an article prepared by
Mr. Wootton for The Heritage Foundation.
1. Press Release, Representative Jim Chapman (D-TX), December 6, 1993.
2. Michael Tackett & Bob Sakamoto, Suspects in Jordan Slaying Have Previous Records, The Two
Teenagers Charged in the Killing of Michael Jordan's Father Were Arraigned on Monday, CHICAGO TRIB.,
Aug. 17, 1993, at D1.

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