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Crime in America #82770

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 21, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) Issue of punishment's role in deterring crime examined; network poll of publics' perception of sentences given convicted criminals outlined on screen, discussed. [Norval MORRIS - expresses sarcasm over situation.] Trend of judges to impose stiffer sentences said reflected in incring. prison population. [Judge Ricardo TORRES - thinks more are imprisoned now.] [Judge J. John FOX - defs. mandatory sentence laws.] Case of Ricardo Aguilar in Albuquerque, New Mexico, cited as example of problems posed by mandatory sentences. [Judge Gene FRANCHINI - explains resigning rather than sentencing Aguilar.] [Judge Pat LYKOS - notes inability to apply arbitrary standard.] Pols. involved in mandatory sentences discussed; issue of presumptive sentencing such as in California considered. [Andrew VON HIRSCH - doesn't believe there's a panacea.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank;
Threlkeld, Richard

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