Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 146
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July 6, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 146

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G rand larceny,, felony, assault and battery --what would you say'usually happens when someone is accused of one of these crimes? Arrest? Courtroom hearings? Fines or jail sentences for the guilty? Thafs the normal sequence in virtually all American cities. But Columbus, Ohio, has been trying out a new system, called the Night Prosecutor's Program, which avoids the grim experience of an arrest, the expense of courtroom proceedings and the stigma of a "guilty 7 ' finding--and which also usually produces an amicable settlement and reconciliation between the concerned parties. So successful has been this out-of-court approach in handling minor crimes, that the three-year-old system has been designated an "Exemplary Project" by the U.S. Justice Department's Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). Says one of the project's founders, Capital University Law School Prof. John W. Palmer: "We see this as similar to the old-time justice of the peace who used to warn two neighbors to settle their squabbles or he'd send both to jail! When convicted offenders today get caught in the criminal justice trap they don't know what happens. Once they're arrested they are, in effect, economically executed-through their job, licensing an'd the rest. It seemed logical to prevent the first contact with police--when they get into the files with fingerprints and rap sheets." Columbus City Attorney James Hughes acted on Palmer's suggestion by setting up the Night Prosecutor's system, whereby cases involving certain offenses are heard evenings and Saturday mornings by special hearing officers who attempt to find a friendly, informal solution, thus keeping the matter out of the courts and off the criminal record books. Here's how it works. Take a fairly typical case of assault and battery. Bill Brown comes home late after drinking too much beer, gets into a quarrel with his wife Daisy, and hits her with a bottle, knocking out two of her teeth. Her mouth still bleeding, she rushes to the precinct house and demands his arrest. Instead, she's directed to the station's screening clerk in the Night Prosecutor's office. He tells her that he's scheduling a hearing for the following week, and he sends Bill Brown an official notice to appear. Each tells story At the hearing, each gives a version of the imbroglio and ventilates feelings and gripes without interruption. Often one reveals problems that the other is not aware of; in this instance, trouble with their two children. The hearing officer, taking no sides, asks if the couple want to continue the marriage. Mrs. Brown, cooled down after a week's lapse, says she just wants Bill to stop beating her; he wants her to stop nagging. The hearing officer points out to Bill the consequences of an arrest for assault. The couple make up, decide to go for family counseling about their underlying problems with the children. One of the novel aspects of the Columbus system is that the hearing officers aren't continued

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