When you have the excess man power, facilities, and equipment to do the following. Your budget is too big.
To the frustration of forgetful drivers, Metropolitan Police
Department officers are throwing people in jail for letting their tag
renewals lapse. The practice provoked somewhat of a backlash last year
after a local mother from Maryland was jailed for what in many places
would be a routine traffic offense punishable by fine. But the
department continues to reserve and exercise the right to throw drivers
in the clink for missing the DMV deadline, no matter where they’re
Sending people to jail for expired tags is necessary because of what reason? A fine is reasonable, but what benefit does jail time serve? It is often touted how over taxed the jail and prison systems are. Well it’s no freaking wonder if they’re tossing anyone and everyone under the sun into jail.
Here’s a new set of rules:
- If you have the excess man power for something like this
- If you have the excess jail space for something like this
- If you can continue to perform all your other functions as well
If you match those conditions, your budget should be shrunk. By how much, enough that the first two are completely unsatisfied, and your officers are doing free overtime to keep up on bullet 3.