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(PRWEB) December 27, 2012
Years after a video showing Prince George's County police officer James Harrison beating a student during a riot at the University of Maryland went viral, a final resolution has been reached in his assault case. Harrison was sentenced to 30 days of home detention, followed by 18 months of probation, according to the Washington Post. Maryland assault lawyer Maria Aspiazu comments on the sentence, and the issue of police brutality on college campuses:
"Home detention is a great alternative to incarceration for defendants who can afford the cost. In the case of officer Harrison, it was also a smart choice, as the resources needed to protect a police officer in jail would be shouldered by the state, and would be much higher than what the officer will pay the home detention provider.
"A defendant must be pre-screened by the home detention provider prior to this being a sentencing option. The provider will not accept a person who is a danger to himself or to his family, or who is a flight risk. There are also basic infrastructure requirements, such as a landline for monitoring the home confinement. Depending on the sentence handed by the judge, an individual serving a sentence of home confinement may leave the house for work and treatment purposes only. The removal of the ankle monitoring device, or the non-compliance with curfew will cause the termination of home confinement and the individual will have to go before the judge to explain and likely to be sent to jail for up to the remainder of the backup time.