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Published: Sunday, Nov. 7 2010 9:51 p.m. MST

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Considering
Stockton, UT

Good for the Utah county prosecutors' office. So often we are told to look at a criminal defendant as an individual. Well, that is exactly what they are doing here: looking at those individuals with a long criminal history and then properly exercising prosecutorial discretion not to plea deal such defendants the next time they show up.

I see two simple solutions for the habitually criminal: 1-Stop breaking the law; or, 2-Move out of Utah county to someplace where your crimes are more tolerated.

Presumably, those not on the PNG list remain eligible for plea deals, considerations for first offenders, and other such arrangements.

This sounds like a much better approach than a "one-size-fits-all" of either draconian punishments for every crime, or going soft on every criminal.

I only wish we could convince prosecutors in a few other jurisdictions to do likewise.

DR Hall
Clearfield, UT

I wish there was not a wall of shame, but that would mean that there no drug violations and that would be good. Too many young and adults have the drug habit. This sets the wrong example and wrong actions for our youth to get into. I also wished that judges would take the hint from this wall. We need a lot more disciplned people around that would help the US be better people.

wandrew
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is true that no Defendant is entitled to a plea bargain. If defense counsel feels his client is being mistreated, his remedy is to win at trial. A prosecutor who overcharges out of animus will lose the case.

Nevertheless, the "wall of shame" is juvenile and unprofessional. It should be taken down; and the prosecutors should keep their personal thoughts personal

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

I'd think that drug offenders with a previous record would be more careful about illegal drugs. I like prosecutors who take a firm stand regarding repeat offenders.

And no, there is nothing unprofessional about a "wall of shame". It helps prosecutors remember who doesn't deserve a plea deal.

walkingdowntown
Salt Lake City, UT

The wall of shame implies that the prosecutors don't read the files on the peoples they are prosecuting or they would know who has had previous breaks and doesn't deserve a 3rd. 4th or 5th chance.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

The wall of shame keeps the faces of repeat offenders front and center where they belong. The prosecutors are intimately familiar with the files of these criminals and that is what is so frustrating to defense attornies.

They don't deserve plea bargains and apparently they aren't getting them. Real bummer.

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