Over the course of my 30+ years in the legal profession, I have witnessed disparate treatment of citizens at every stage of the Criminal "Justice" System from unfair arrests and/or non-arrests by (some) police officers, excessive charging decisions and/or plea bargain offers by (some) prosecutors, disparate sentences from (a few) judges and inequitable representation by (some) private and public defense attorneys.
These less than ideal scenarios inspired me to create web-based software that objectifies sentencing while simultaneously serving as a practical check and balance on the power prosecutors wield in the criminal justice system! These two significant objectives are achieved by empowering defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges to analyze sentences in prior cases to ensure the sentences in pending cases are equitable and consistently administered regardless of Race, Gender, Class, Religion or any of the usual factors that too often facilitate disparate treatment.
That which ultimately came forth is called the "Equity in Sentencing Analysis System"©® or "ESAS©®" which is the initial Software as a Service released by Technologies for Justice, Incorporated.
ESAS©® empowers users to electronically search a proprietary database containing over 2 million sentencing records from the Florida Department of Corrections and quickly retrieve Criminal Punishment Code (CPC) sentencing data from prior cases based on Statute, Score-sheet , CPC Range, County and/or Circuit with a few key strokes. We've coined such data ‘Sentencing Precedent’ which can be used to analyze, compare and contrast prospective sentences in pending cases with prior sentences from the CPC’s inception in 1998.
ESAS©® is already achieving two very important public policy objectives as follows:
1. Securing fairer sentences and thereby protecting citizens' constitutionally guaranteed Equal Protection Rights, irrespective of Race and
2. Saving millions of Tax Payer Dollars in state prison costs
As can be seen on the "ESAS©® Results" page, this cutting-edge technology saved Florida taxpayers a minimum over a million dollars in state prison costs on the first five cases on which it was deployed. The question is, why are the proverbial "powers that be" so slow to fully embrace this game changing technology that's greatly needed in the criminal justice system?
For additional information and/or how you can access this web-based electronic research tool that’s revolutionizing criminal justice with equitable sentences and tax payer saving measures, please click here.
A. Wellington 'Al' Barlow, Esquire
President and CEO
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