So today I went to a change of plea. Basically that is where a person who pled not guilty is changing their plea to guilty. There is a federal statute that requires that when a person pleads guilty they should be immediately taken into custody unless there are exceptional circumstances that call for a deviation. In reality, none of the criminals get taken into custody until their sentencing.
Today, the man changed his plea to guilty, and then asked that the judge reduce the limitations placed on him while he waits for his sentencing. The judge granted his request...because he had only violated the conditions of his release one time. Ummm. ONLY one time. I guess we don't expect that people will obey the law anymore.