Judge Nunn divides his time on the bench between his primary location in Kent County and districts all over the state who have more work than their local district court judge can handle.  So he sees a wide variety of issues and people from not just this little county, but from the perspective of his diverse travels throughout the state.  He told us how glad he is at the end of a long day on the Western side of the Bay to find himself back in the relative peacefulness of the Eastern Shore.  While we might think things are not perfect here, he understands much more than many folks how far worse things can be elsewhere.

The Judge discussed the hope of saving substantial State funds by shortening some sentences in various ways that the State Legislature has enacted into law.  Whether we will see financial benefits is unclear.  What else remains unclear is if shorter sentences will have any effect, positive or negative on the lives of the general population.  He made no predictions, but it seems truly naïve to think that liberalizing release from jail and granting many more days off sentences for good behavior, was going to make much improvement for law abiding people.  We will have to wait and see how it goes as no one can truly predict what difference it may make.

We listened to some great first hand information on the drug epidemic, treatment options, incarceration decisions and everyday problems faced by a judge in his work.  We touched on the problem of people with criminal records getting employment even when the offense was very old or relatively minor.  Being a judge is a challenging  job yet one that offers a true opportunity to make a positive difference for some of the folks brought before the court.  Not everyone can be rescued. Some people have proven they won’t accept help, but some will benefit from customized judicial assistance.  This is where the courts and good judges can and do make a difference for all of us.  If you didn’t attend, you really missed a great and informative opportunity.

 

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