SentencingA Memphis judge is trying an unconventional...

It's your call

April 20, 1992

Sentencing

A Memphis judge is trying an unconventional method of sentencing convicted burglars. Under the supervision of deputy sheriffs, victims are allowed to go into a burglar's home and take whatever they want, up to a limit set by the judge that approximates the value of what the victims lost. The judge said the sentences make the thief keenly aware of how a victim feels on arriving home to find property missing. The creative sentences have drawn few complaints from defense lawyers.

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United Way

Moves made by the board of the United Way of Central Maryland to monitor the finances of the national United Way of America are not sufficient, in the view of 65 percent of callers to SUNDIAL (128 to 68, out of 196).

Two-thirds of 195 callers, a split of 130 to 65, would sever ties with the United Way of America. Seventy percent, or 138 of 196 callers, say the scandal has affected their giving, while 58 callers (29 percent) say their giving has not been affected.

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