Examining Prison Sentencing Fairness

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- While getting out of jail might be a concern for some--others are just worried about fair sentences especially when it comes to driving drunk.

You may remember the case of Justin Bartlett-- a man who got sentenced this summer to 15 years in prison for killing a man he hit with his car. That sentence came down just a day before Jennifer Bland's. She was the Durand Teacher who was convicted of molesting young boys at Durand High School. When Bland got thirty years behind bars people wondered why Bartlett had only gotten fifteen for killing a man. The state's attorney says the court's hands were tied.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said, "What most people don't understand is that aggravated DUI the maximum sentence is 14 years."

State Representative Jim Sacia told 23 News DUI penalties will most likely be discussed at some point in the upcoming legislative session.

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