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Contested sentencing is a gamble, says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Contested sentencing in Virginia is a gamble. Unless the criminal defendant and prosecutor enter a plea deal involving an agreed sentence that binds the judge, the only sentencing guarantee is that the judge is prohibited from sentencing beyond the statutory maximum.

When jail overcrowding leads to a floating prison barge

Ours is an overincarcerated nation. The situation is so bad that many years back, New York City added a floating jail/prison barge to its Rikers Island complex. That does not need much comment beyond pointing out the existence of the barge itself.