NEW ERA OF NON ACCOUNTABILTY


NEW ERA OF NON ACCOUNTABILTY

Contra Costa DA Will Not File Charges for Low-Level Drug Possession, Shoplifting, Other Misdemeanors

Most people arrested or cited in Contra Costa County for possession of a small amount of drugs and other non-violent misdemeanor infractions will no longer have charges filed against them under a new policy from the district attorney’s office.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCED NEW POLICY

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced Thursday her office will formalize the policy of misdemeanor filing considerations after a pilot period. According to a press release, the idea is to divert low-level recreational users out of the criminal justice system and into the health care system with the goals of both reducing the strain in the courts and on law enforcement.

Last year, Becton and Public Defender Robin Lipetzky were contacted by the presiding judge of the court who stressed the need to reduce the significant backlog of low-level, non-violent misdemeanors in the court system. Becton said the aim of these considerations is to stop chronic patterns of arrest and to connect individuals to community-based behavioral health services, while allowing prosecutors to focus on criminal street gangs, drug dealers, violent criminals, and cases involving firearms.

NEW ERA OF NON ACCOUNTABILTY FOR SOME CRIMES

“When I took Office, I realized we had to change our perspective on filing cases, especially low-level drug cases. From my experience as a judge I saw first-hand how individuals were cycling through our system,” Becton said in a prepared statement. “Now as the District Attorney, I worked with several law enforcement partners throughout the county to build a plan and gain consensus on how best to proceed with these types of cases. We cannot prosecute ourselves out of this growing trend of low-level offenses being submitted to our Office for a filing decision.”

Cases would not be filed against individuals who are first-time offenders or are facing a standalone charge. Becton said the policy would not apply if the person has been arrested on three previous occasions, the theft is more than $300 in value or the person is on probation.

Aside from drug possession offenses, other misdemeanor crimes falling under the new considerations include shoplifting, petty theft, possession of burglary tools, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and trespassing.

ANTI PROP 20 GROUPS

Becton is among a group of California district attorneys who have publicly come out against Proposition 20, a statewide initiative that they believe will increase incarceration rates and costs while cutting investments in services necessary to help survivors.

The measure is supported by law enforcement groups and large grocery store chains who have railed against a rise in shoplifting and organized retail crime.

DAWG SAYS: WE SEE MORE AND MORE CRIME PAYS THESE DAYS. AND THE VICTIMS ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED AT ALL.


NEVADA ADVENTURES “SERVED”

NEVADA ADVENTURES “SERVED”

There are a plethora of restaurants in Nevada that are experts at recreating classic dishes that all of us know and love. However, there are few restaurants that are actively putting a unique spin on iconic dishes, creating flavor combinations that you’ve never had before.

The next time you feel like branching out and trying something new, make your way to this unique restaurant in southern Nevada. This place is relatively new but has quickly made a name for itself in the culinary world. Don’t be afraid of these zany dishes! You’re going to love them.

Hiding out in the town of Henderson is the culinary wonder known as Served. This unique restaurant boasts the slogan, “Cultural favorites—redefined” and their goal is clear.

They are dedicated to putting a spin on dishes that you’ve come to love and presenting them in a way you’ve never seen before.

Served is tucked away in a small, ordinary-looking business plaza across the street from McDonald Highlands. The exterior may be quite plain, but the food is anything but! Come with an open mind and this place might just become your new favorite spot.

The environment is small and cozy but definitely gives off an elegant vibe. Whether you’re here on date night or for a family dinner, this place is perfect for any occasion.

This place is especially great for eaters who have a hard time deciding where to eat. Almost every type of food imaginable is on the menu so there’s truly something for everyone. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but you’ll want to get here early for one of the most creative brunch experiences you’ll ever have.

NEVADA ADVENTURES “SERVED”

Served is especially notable for their breakfast and brunch items. With items like Crispy Baked Berry French Toast, you’ll never look at breakfast food the same way again. This awesome dish is comprised of bread pudding, berries, almonds, powdered sugar, and is topped off with a bourbon glaze.

Who knew Green Eggs and Spam could be so fancy? Served takes classic dishes that everybody loves and turns them on their head to create something new with outstanding flavors your taste-buds will love.

Don’t get us started on the Corned Beef Bread Pudding Benedict! It may sound like a bizarre combination but this is a popular dish at Served for a reason. Just try it and you’ll understand.

It’s restaurants like Served that remind us that going out to eat should always be an exciting experience. Although sticking to what you know you love is fine, trying something new keeps things interesting.

You’ll find Served at 1770 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012.