August 6, 2014 6:49 PM

Jackson County shows too much leniency for violent criminals

Law-abiding citizens expect that people who commit violent acts and harm others will suffer severe consequences. But probation for crimes as serious as armed robbery and assault, voluntary manslaughter and even murder is granted often in Jackson County Circuit Court. At a time when Kansas City needs to be intent on reducing violent crime, there is a culture in Jackson County Circuit Court that looks too much like leniency.

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