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Eric
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Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 1:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Why so many dismissed cases? Maybe parents would be doing better if they weren't always being let of the hook.


DETROIT -- More than a year into a Detroit police campaign to ticket parents whose children break the law, juvenile crime remains alarmingly high and most parents ignore their court date, records show.

Half of those cited last year for violating the city's parental responsibility ordinance never showed up in court. And nearly 85 percent of those who did walked out with their case dismissed, according to court records reviewed by The Detroit News.

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.d ll/article?AID=/20070509/METRO /705090395
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Jt1
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Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 1:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe they are following the lead of the 36th(?) district court and being way to easy on offenders.

As frustrated as I get with DPD's seemingly indifferent attitude it must get real old, real quick to have the courts dismiss so many cases or give so many slaps on the wrist.
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Mtm
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Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 1:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One thing I caught in the article is that first time offenses are routinely dismissed if the "parents" promise that their children won't do it again. Not sure how they keep records if the case is dismissed but that could be a reason for the high dismissal rate.

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