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Resource ID: #21678
Subject: Justice
Source: Press Herald (Portland, Maine)
Date: July 25-27, 2004



Walsh's story focuses on a faulty criminal history database. Maine's criminal records system is in complete disrepair, and actually causes more harm than good. Judges and prosecutors find the system so unorganized, they don't know if a defendant has committed any prior crimes in the state. This results in bails set too low and sentences that are too lenient.

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