— Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2019 by Andrew K. Dart
The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal:
conviction upheld, death sentence questioned
. College kids march with his face on placards,
chanting a mantra that has been oft-repeated throughout the world: "Free Mumia!"
insist that Mumia Abu-Jamal is not the martyr supporters have tried to make him. Instead, they say, he's
a manipulative, cold-blooded cop-killer who used his talents as a radio reporter and his resume as a black
activist to hoodwink his ill-informed backers into proclaiming his innocence.
Mumia Abu-Jamal Loses
Bid For New Trial
. Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his bid for a new trial in the killing of a
Philadelphia police officer in 1981. The Supreme Court says in an order Monday it will not take
up Abu-Jamal's claims that prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted him of
murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
Who Wants To Free Mumia Now?
the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal seeking a new trial for death-row inmate and former Black Panther Mumia
Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Earlier, a lower
court rescinded Abu-Jamal's death penalty, which prosecutors have asked to be reinstated. Meanwhile, as the
Philadelphia Inquirer reported, last week's ruling "virtually guarantees that the internationally known death-row
inmate will never be freed."
The Editor says...
I think I see what's going to happen next — a presidential pardon.
supporters meet, to seek White House help
. Stung by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week
denying a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, supporters of the internationally known death-row inmate met
yesterday at a church in West Philadelphia and said they planned to seek some type of presidential
intervention on his behalf.
The Stanley Williams subsection:
. Death penalty opponents — with the help of a sympathetic
media — hone their statistical legerdemain, suggesting that everyone who's gotten
off death row in recent years was innocent, when in fact many just had flawed trials. And,
of course, there's all the America bashing from a crowd that can cheer Yasser Arafat's Peace
Prize but also can call Schwarzenegger a murderer with a straight face.
He went to the penitentiary but showed
of Stanley 'Tookie' Williams
. Williams claims redemption, but refuses to accept
responsibility for murdering four innocent people. Williams shot one victim, Albert Owens,
who worked at a 7-Eleven, twice in the back, after Owens pleaded for his life. Williams, 11 days
later, gunned down the owners of a small motel, a family of three.
toot, tookie, goodbye
. Although, intellectually, I can grasp the point of view of
those morally opposed to capital punishment, emotionally I am unable to fathom how they can
congregate outside prisons and hold candlelight vigils for mass murderers. Wouldn't their
time be better spent visiting the burial sites of the victims, and leaving flowers instead of
candle wax behind?
The legacy of
. Convicted murderer of four and founder of the notorious Crips gang,
Tookie Williams, is gone, executed under the death penalty of the state of California. Now those
who protested his conviction, and worked for his clemency, want him to be remembered as a hero.
Martyrs die for a cause. Williams died for executing four unarmed people during two 1979 robberies,
shooting a woman in the face, and laughing uncontrollably at the gurgling sounds a male victim made as he
died in agony.
Death Penalty Double Standard: Tookie vs.
. Countless articles were written bemoaning Tookie's loss and news anchors
spoke glowingly of his supposed contributions to ending gang violence. That Tookie himself
was the founder of the notorious "Crips" gang, responsible for so much murder and mayhem over the
years, didn't seem to enter into the equation. Neither did the four people he murdered in
This is what "swift and sure" means...
Prosecutor says Guilty Saddam would
. The Iraqi High Tribunal's chief prosecutor says Saddam Hussein will hang
immediately if he is found guilty on charges relating to deaths of 148 Shiites. … "If the court
passes a death sentence on any of the defendants in the Dujail case, the law is clear, the sentence
must be carried out within 30 days following the appeal," Mr Mussawi said.
uncertain in grenade murders
. Relatives of the two servicemen killed in Sergeant Hasan Akbar's
grenade and rifle attack said yesterday [4/29/1005] that he deserved the death sentence given to him by a
military jury. But specialists in military law say it is hardly a certainty the execution will ever
happen. The military has not executed one of its own since 1961, while states have put scores of
civilian killers to their deaths.
Iraq hangs 27 on terrorism
. Iraqi authorities hanged 27 convicted "terrorists" today, an interior ministry spokesman
announced. "Twenty-seven terrorists were hanged today in Baghdad. Most of them were Iraqis," said
interior ministry spokesman Abdul Karim Khalaf. He said they were convicted for attacks on Iraqi civilians
and sentenced to death, in an execution order signed by an Iraqi vice president.
The crime, not his race,
put Baker on death row
. Another Maryland death row inmate is scheduled to take the lethal
injection needle. And, again, anti-death penalty activists have yanked out their ever-handy race card.
The "Let Scott Peterson Live" Campaign at CBS
As if we needed any more evidence of liberal media bias on the part of CBS, the senior political editor for CBS
News, Dotty Lynch, has written a column arguing that convicted killer Scott Peterson should be allowed to live
the rest of his life at taxpayer expense in a California prison because he may not really be guilty of
murdering his wife and unborn son.
. Here they
go again. On March 1, the Supreme Court — by its now familiar 5–4 margin —
issued a ruling that bans states from executing anyone who was younger than 18 at the time of his crime.
You may believe that this ruling gives teens a license to kill, or you may consider it to be a sensible
protection for our innocent children. Either opinion is defendable, and immaterial. The important
thing — and the frightening thing — about the ruling is that it continues the court's
march toward a "living Constitution" and away from original intent.
. I can nearly, but not quite, understand why some people object to capital
punishment. … What I can't begin to fathom are the people who seem to have the same tender feelings
for sexual predators that the rest of us have for our pets. Unfortunately, these aren't the same
mushy-headed simpletons holding candlelight vigils outside San Quentin. Instead, they're judges
Standards of Decency
. William Kristol sarcastically thanks the US Supreme Court for
its recent decision saving the life of Christopher Simmons, the youthful sadist who murdered
Shirley Crook for the fun of it in 1993. In seven paragraphs of well-tempered fury,
Kristol contrasts the judicial sensitivity to "evolving standards of decency" that spared
Simmons from the death penalty because of his age with the absence of any such sensitivity
when it came to Terri Schiavo.
Slams Juvenile Death Penalty Ruling
. Justice Antonin Scalia criticized the Supreme Court's recent
decision to strike down the juvenile death penalty, calling it the latest example of politics on the court that
has made judicial nominations an increasingly bitter process.
supremacists and the despotic branch
. Justice Antonin Scalia, a dependable
constitutional constructionist, protested on behalf of the dissenters that capital
punishment should, rightly in accordance with constitutional federalism, be determined
by individual states. … "To invoke alien law when it agrees with one's own
thinking, and ignore it otherwise, is not reasoned decision-making, but sophistry."
Facts While Making Law
. In our system of limited government, with its separation of
powers, we depend upon our unelected lifetime-tenured judges to restrain themselves from implementing
their own moral, social and political values when they are unsupported by a plain understanding
of the Constitution and at odds with the choices we make through the democratic process.
the Supreme Court's definition of cruelty
: In this case, a majority of the court
ruled that the execution of someone who was 17 at the time of the crime violates
the 8th Amendment, which prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." It reached
this conclusion just 16 years after deciding that the execution of a 17-year-old did not
violate the 8th Amendment. What changed was not the 8th Amendment, which reads
exactly as it did then. What changed, in the court's opinion, were the "evolving
standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society."
Constitution: Made in Jamaica?
In Roper v. Simmons
, the Supreme
Court reached out and gave America a good old-fashioned smack-upside-the-head when it abolished
capital punishment for juvenile offenders. … The Court declared that the death penalty
was now unconstitutional for minors due to a supposed "emerging national consensus" that the
death penalty was wrong. The last time we checked, the Supreme Court was supposed to use
the Constitution as its guide. If anyone's to take notice of an "emerging national
consensus," it's the legislature.
new age Supreme Court
. In its 5-4 decision on March 1, the
Court decreed that "Juveniles are less mature than adults and, no matter how heinous their
crimes, they are not among 'the worst offenders' who deserve to die." While I certainly
respect that opinion, I strongly object to the United States Supreme Court presuming to
impose it on our entire society as if it is the final arbiter not just of the law, but
our moral standards.
Court's vexing elitism
. In my last column, I discussed the Supreme Court's
abominable decision outlawing the death penalty for murderers under the age of 18. I have
a few more complaints. First, much of the Court's analytical emphasis considers the
plight of the offenders. Conspicuously lost in the equation are concerns for the victims
and society at large, for whom the Court demonstrates a stunning disregard.
The Editor says...
(1) I've never even seen the inside of a law school, but even I can tell you that the Tenth
Amendment says this is an issue which should be decided by each of the 50 states for
themselves, not by the Supreme Court.
(2) In the Jewish culture, a 13-year-old boy has a bar mitzvah ceremony, in which he
declares, "Today, I am a Man," and is then considered an adult.
(3) If you are a drug dealer and a murderer and a recalcitrant felon, you should get the electric chair
if you are at least 13 years of age.
the death penalty: With conservative ideas sinking new roots across
American culture, conservatives have new reason to test their own thinking.
to Execute Inmate in 1981 Slayings. It would be the first execution in California
since January 2002 and only the 11th since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1977. More
than 600 men are on the state's death row. … The last execution in California came on Jan. 29,
2002, when Stephen Wayne Anderson was put to death for shooting an 81-year-old woman in 1980.
innocents die when we don't have capital punishment: Murderers who are
not executed have murdered innocent people — usually fellow prisoners. And the very real
possibility of escape from prison means that murderers threaten far more innocent lives than
capital punishment does.
Vermont Has its First Capital Trial in
50 Years. A man convicted of helping to fatally beat a grandmother as she prayed for her life was
formally sentenced to death Friday [6/16/2006], Vermont's first death sentence in almost half a century.
Executing "children," and other
death-penalty myths: The age issue is a red herring. No state allows the death sentence
for anyone younger than 16, and no one younger than 23 has been executed in modern times. The truth is
that capital punishment in America is the most accurate and carefully administered criminal sanction in the
world, and the public has good reason to support it.
Controversial Study Says Executions Save
Lives: Three economists at Emory University are stirring the pot with a new study that concludes
an average of 18 lives are saved each time a criminal is executed.
Murdering the bell
curve: After hearing the (overwhelming) evidence against him, a jury sentenced Atkins to
death. Last week, the Supreme Court overturned that sentence. The court ruled that the Constitution
makes Atkins ineligible for the death penalty if he can prove he is "retarded." In other words, Atkins
avoids his capital sentence if he is at least smart enough to know how to fail an IQ test.
Accountable, Yet Not Accountable: A
"Retarded" Supreme Court Decision: The Supreme court recently released its decision in
Atkins v. Virginia, regarding the propriety of executing the mentally retarded.
Retardation and capital
punishment: The Supreme Court, in its decision, said that persons deemed retarded -- with
an IQ of 70 or less (why not 71?)-- and judged guilty of a capital crime, cannot be
executed. In so ruling, the court majority moved from the intention of the Founders, which was to make
execution more humane, to focusing on the status of the guilty, which appears not to have entered the
Founders' minds while crafting the Eighth Amendment.
Execution of the mentally
retarded: What next for HB 236 opponents after Supreme Court's ruling?
Deal keeps Penry imprisoned for life.
The long saga of convicted murderer Johnny Paul Penry, whose case helped push mental retardation into the national
debate over capital punishment, ended Friday [2/15/2008] with a plea agreement to a life sentence. Penry,
one of Texas' best-known death row inmates, agreed to three life sentences and to a stipulation that he was
not mentally retarded, in spite of what his lawyers have asserted for almost three decades.
How would the court fare on an IQ
test? In Atkins vs. Virginia, handed down last week, the Unites States Supreme Court substituted
the judgment of six justices for that of 20 state legislatures.
Texas jurors send killer
to his death 'because the Bible told them to'. A Texas man is due to be executed next month despite
admissions by jurors that they consulted biblical passages advocating death as a punishment to help to decide his
fate. ... During the trial, the jurors were instructed by the judge not to refer to anything that was not presented
as evidence in the courtroom.
The Editor says...
When the judge demands that they not "refer to anything", does that include the jurors' common sense, morality
and individual experiences? If the judge instructed the jurors to find the defendant not guilty, would
they be so obligated? I don't know about you, but I don't think I'd pay much attention to orders of
Will the death penalty meet its maker?
(Numerous links to death penalty articles.)
News and timely commentary about crime and punishment in general:
Related topic: Cell phones in jails and prisons
Is Our Society Degrading So Badly, So Fast? On a local level in many cities and communities, Democrats in power
are by their actions undermining the rule of law. For example, expected compliance with the law in several of our
leading cities run by Democratic Party leaders, including most notably New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, is
now often based on a person's economic and immigration status, race, sex, sexual orientation, and increasingly an indication
of a person's political and religious affiliations. The reason for these exemptions being granted is based on the dual
ideologies of identity politics and social justice. The creation of an implied multi-tier justice system expressly
violates our fundamental value of the law applying equally to citizens from all walks of life and most importantly results in
the increasingly intolerable and dangerous conditions existing on the streets of these cities and an overall perception of
communities in decline.
Thought San Francisco's
Quality Of Life Couldn't Get Worse? Think Again. San Francisco garnered national headlines with the
election of its new district attorney, a progressive, which means there will be zero progress made in the homelessness
crisis, and little if any made toward reducing crime in the city and county. Chesa Boudin, a one-time deputy public
defender who has never tried a case, was elected in a close race, and will assume office in January. Before he had a
chance to decide if the new drapes in his office were going to be socialist red or blue state blue, Boudin announced that he
would not prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as "public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a
sidewalk, etc." We assume public defecating on streets and sidewalks, today's San Francisco "treat," will also go unprosecuted.
Bloomberg Vows to Free 316K Accused 'Non-Violent' Criminals from Jail. Billionaire and 2020 Democrat
presidential primary candidate Michael Bloomberg is vowing to free hundreds of thousands of accused criminals who are deemed
"non-violent" by eliminating bail nationwide. During a speech in Jackson, Mississippi, Bloomberg laid out his plan to
"reduce or eliminate the use of cash bail for non-violent offenders" who are awaiting trial. Such a policy would mean
that of the roughly 462,000 accused criminals held in local jails, about 316,000 would be released without ever having to
drove stolen SUV to bail out brother — who was busted for stealing an SUV: cops. A Kansas man was
busted for driving a stolen Chevy SUV to a local jail to bail out his brother — who was being held for driving a
stolen Chevy SUV, according to authorities. The sibling already in the pokey, Eric Dean McCracken, 36, had been
arrested in Topeka early Friday for allegedly driving a stolen 2007 Trailblazer with a suspended license, the Jackson County
Sheriff's Office said in a release. A few hours later, his younger brother, Keith Ray McCracken, 32, was also arrested
after a short chase with cops tracking the GPS of a stolen 2015 Silverado, the department said.
York City to Free 125K Accused Criminals, Give Taxpayer-Funded Housing, Job Training. The state of New York is
likely to free at least 125,000 accused criminals from prison next year and provide many with taxpayer-funded housing and job
training services thanks to criminal justice reform laws. As Breitbart News has reported, the state's series of bail
reforms will ensure that suspects accused of crimes deemed "non-violent" are not jailed before their trial dates and do not
have to post bail. [...] Across the county, jailbreak legislation is helping to free thousands of accused and convicted
criminals from prison. Federally, the First Step Act that was signed into law by President Trump has thus far freed
about 240 sex offenders, nearly 60 convicted murderers and assailants, as well as almost 1,000 inmates convicted of drug
crimes. Also freed by the First Step Act is Joel Francisco, a notorious former leader of the "Latin Kings" gang who
immediately returned to a life of drugs after his release and is now accused of murder.
been dying for 25 years': How a cop has stalled his child sex abuse trial for decades. In 1995, Leonard Forte
was due in a Vermont courtroom to face charges that he'd repeatedly raped and molested his daughter's 12-year-old
friend. Instead, he started dying. Forte, then a 54-year-old former detective with the Suffolk County District
Attorney's Office in New York, told the Vermont court his heart had failed and that he was on a transplant list. He
said his doctors had given him a grim diagnosis: Without a new heart, he'd be dead within a year. A Vermont
prosecutor agreed to delay the case until Forte was healthy enough to stand trial — unless his terminal condition
made prosecuting him a moot point. Forte never received a heart transplant. But he also didn't die.
anarchy is spreading: It's way beyond 'soft on crime'. Stathos Hugunnie was wanted in connection with two
stabbings in a housing project in Long Island City one day in April 1997. When police showed up, Hugunnie fired eight shots,
striking NYPD officer Peter Bueti three times in the chest, which would have killed him if not for his protective vest. After
being released from prison two years ago, he was picked up again on drugs and firearms charges. Yet he was released on just
$5,000 bond. This, folks, is the real criminal justice dysfunction that needs "reform," but victims and law enforcement don't
have the same lobbying power criminals do. Although New York's new law abolishing cash bail won't be enacted until January 1,
judges are already getting a head start by either applying it now or setting bail at a very low rate, even for repeat violent
felons. Hugunnie was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal weapons possession, and criminal use of a firearm for
the 1997 incident. Back then, criminals were actually locked up, so he served 20 years in prison.
off the woke glasses. Now, we are living in a time in which those committing crimes will not likely face up to
consequences befitting their transgressions. In California, it appears that homelessness and petty crime go
together. All kinds of offenses are occurring with little or no accountability for those involved. New York is
suspending bond and bail for criminality, including assault, arson, bribery, resisting arrest and so much more. Radical
mobs are outright intimidating and assaulting those who don't agree with their philosophy and are mostly getting away with
their heinous behavior and actions. The tiniest bit of common sense would indicate that bad behavior and disregard for
law cannot be corrected with inaction. In other words, bad behavior without consequences begets more bad
behavior. This is elementary stuff, right?
Dem prosecutors fear
for suburbs' safety; radical district attorneys, fueled by Soros cash, take control. Radical social justice
activists will serve as the top prosecutors for three major Washington, D.C., suburbs — including the two
wealthiest counties in the U.S. — after George Soros's political action committee poured $2.1 million into
ordinarily sleepy local races. In Virginia's Fairfax and Arlington counties, the "reformer" attorneys ran on platforms
far to the left of the Democratic incumbents, beating them in primary races before ultimately winning the general
elections. In both cases, the incumbents expressed concern for public safety if the Soros-backed candidates took
control. They also said that the activists were pushing a national platform about racism and over-incarceration that
had no basis in reality in the affluent, liberal jurisdictions.
Harris Campaign Collapses Under Perception of Law and Order. The Black Lives Matter movement that burst on to
the scene in 2013 and 2014 poisoned the Democratic Party. Harris is a delayed casualty. Any hint of belief in law
and order is now the kiss of death in the party. The Left relentlessly attacks all law enforcers, from policemen to
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. These brave guardians are viewed with suspicion at best and hatred and
revulsion at worst. In a party where up is down, the criminals are celebrated as heroes while courageous defenders are
cast as villains. It is the same trend that has led Democrats to decriminalize many drug and theft crimes in their
jurisdictions down to misdemeanors. The result, to no surprise, is that these types of acts are becoming as common as
jaywalking. Lawlessness is now viewed as a civic virtue. In some areas of California, you can walk into a Target
and help yourself to your favorite DVD or a pair of designer jeans with no threat of being apprehended.
San Francisco: With Chesa Boudin as DA, good luck getting a cop when you want one. Well, Chesa Boudin has
finally done it: he's gotten himself into the San Francisco D.A.'s seat, after a lifetime of standing up for crooks and
mastering criminal "justice" from Bill Ayers's stepdad berth and Hugo Chávez's knee. Like the way criminal justice
works in Caracas? In San Francisco, Hugo Chávez's trusted adviser is now there to help. He's there to
"transform," as he says. That's his brand, as the Bay Area tech marketing hipsters say. This won't work out too
well if you've got bums vomiting at your doorstep, gang members shooting with muzzle flashes 'round corners, and junkies
setting up camp on your sidewalk. We've already seen the boulder-warfare some of the homeowners are putting up in a
desperate bid to stop it. Such people can probably now look forward to getting arrested.
aim to convert convicts at 'Prison CPAC'. The Conservative Political Action Conference went to
prison — and found a receptive audience among the locked-up murderers, robbers and drug dealers there. The
American Conservative Union hosted its first-ever "Prison CPAC" this week to coach about 250 inmates on the life lessons and
conservative values they need to reenter society. Libertarian activist Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter, told
the prisoners gun control was a racist tool of the political left rooted in the bigotry of the Civil War era.
Mr. Toure implored the prisoners to "organize, organize, organize" to become a powerful political bloc to fight the
radical left and to earn back the right to vote. "Overwhelmingly, Democratic policies put black and brown people in
jail," Mr. Toure said, prompting the inmates at State Correctional Institution at Chester to leap to their feet and applaud.
Hasn't Yet Fulfilled His "Law and Order" Vow. Let's look at one point where the party has fallen far short of
its promises. Among the vows we haven't kept is this one: "I have a message for all of you: The
crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon — and I mean very soon — come to an end."
[...] But is there any demographic in this country where people don't want to see crime and violence come to a sudden
end? Only on the extreme Left — a sinister region to which Democratic activists and politicians increasingly
are drawn — do criminals have prestige and cops get treated as enemies. That is not where suburbia
lives. No swing voter sees law and order in that way, and an enormous number of the very folks for whom the Left
presumes to speak don't see it that way either.
than 450 Oklahoma inmates [are] walking out of prison doors. More than 450 inmates walked out the doors of prisons
across Oklahoma on Monday [11/4/2019] as part of what state officials say is the largest single-day mass commutation in U.S. history.
900 city inmates may be freed even before bail-reform law takes effect. Nearly 900 city jailbirds could be
celebrating Christmas early courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a plan to quietly free them before the state's bail-reform
law goes into effect next year, The [New York] Post has learned. And if that weren't enough of a gift, Mayor Bill de
Blasio is promising to follow up with even more presents for the lucky accused criminals — by giving them free
baseball tickets, movie passes and gift cards to encourage them to return to court, sources familiar with the program said.
"You're literally rewarding them for committing a crime," said a disgusted senior staffer in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Offenders: Perpetrators, Predators, and Pedophiles. A survey done by California Coalition against Sexual
Assault revealed that one in three lesbians admitted to being sexually assaulted by another female. The U.S. Centers
for Disease Control then completed its own national survey, and the results were surprising. Men were just as
likely to be victims of sexual assault over the course of one year and, in 79% of cases, reported a woman as the
perpetrator. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) showed that in 58% of cases, when a woman sexually assaulted a man,
she used violence (and 41% of the time when it's a female-on-female sexual assault). The BJS also looked at rape in
U.S. prisons, and its findings were even more startling. According to BJS data, a woman is much more likely to be
sexually assaulted by another female inmate than by male staff and also more likely than men are in male prisons, shattering
the stereotype of prison rape being a male-on-male scenario. Even more disturbing is that in nearly every case of a
minor (regardless of sex) being sexually assaulted in a juvenile detention facility, the perpetrator was female.
Crime and no punishment:
driver gets probation for Delaware crash that killed 5 NJ family members. A horrific crash in Delaware last year left a
New Jersey man and his four daughters dead — but the Maryland driver whose pickup truck crossed a highway median, according
to authorities, won't be going to prison. Instead, defendant Alvin Hubbard III, 46, of Cambridge received one year of probation
from Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr. The sentence came Friday [11/1/2019] in a Delaware courtroom.
board approves largest inmate commutation in US history. Oklahoma officials voted Friday [11/1/2019] to release
more than 400 prison inmates in what would be the largest one-day commutation in U.S. history. The vote by the Oklahoma Pardon
and Parole Board granted commutation to 527 inmates, 400 of whom are scheduled to be released Monday [11/4/2019] once their
commutations are processed over the weekend. Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has made reducing the state's
prison population a priority, backed the panel's decision.
Prop 47 leads to [a] rise in shoplifting, thefts, [and] criminal activity across [the] state. These brazen acts
of petty theft and shoplifting are a dangerous and all-too-common consequence of Proposition 47, a referendum passed five
years ago that critics say effectively gives shoplifters and addicts the green light to commit crimes as long as the merchandise
they steal or the drugs they take are less than $950 in value. The decision to downgrade theft of property valued below
the arbitrary figure from felony to misdemeanor, together with selective enforcement that focuses on more "serious" crimes,
has resulted in thieves knowing they can brazenly shoplift and merchants knowing the police will not respond to their
complaints, say critics.
York Lawmaker Proposes Bill Allowing Prisoners to Vote. A New York state lawmaker is proposing legislation to
make prison inmates eligible to vote in elections while incarcerated. State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn)
introduced a bill before Election Day on Tuesday, November 5, that would allow prisoners to register and vote while
incarcerated, the New York Post reported. The state and county boards of elections would keep tabs on the
program, and convicted felons would also be allowed to take part.
addict allegedly drags NYPD cop with his car — and wins $11 million in court. A heroin addict with
nearly 20 arrests to his name allegedly dragged a cop along a busy Bronx street while fleeing a traffic stop, forcing another
lawman to shoot him — and a jury just handed him an $11 million payday, The [New York] Post has learned.
Raoul Lopez took the city to court over the harrowing 2006 run-in that left him partially paralyzed on his right side, and
was awarded the eight-figure sum by a Bronx jury on Tuesday [10/29/2019]. Lopez, 27 when the encounter happened, was in
the midst of "a two-week long bender" and had just scored his latest fix on February 1, 2006, when he rolled through a stop
sign at East 169th Street and Grand Concourse, a city lawyer wrote in papers filed in the Bronx Supreme Court case.
California Becoming Premodern? Stores are occasionally hit by swarming looters. Such Wild West criminals
know how to keep their thefts under $950, ensuring that such "misdemeanors" do not warrant police attention.
California's permissive laws have decriminalized thefts and break-ins. The result is that San Francisco now has the
highest property crime rate per capita in the nation.
America's justice system is beginning to crumble. We Americans have long prided ourselves on the fairness of
our system of justice. It remains the best in the world. But, just like a strong and magnificent bridge across a
wide river, corrosion can set in. If not monitored and repaired, the bridge can suddenly collapse. Likewise, if
we ignore the warning signs, if we do not address the inequities in our justice system, the public will reach a point when
there is so little respect for the law that its enforcement will cease to be effective. The danger is that we might
become a lawless society, and that will lead to becoming a failed state. Chaos and disintegration could follow.
Hyperbole? Here are seven warning signs, present today, that we ignore at great peril. [...]
judge rules Florida can't stop ex-felons from voting because of money owed to state for restitution. A federal
judge has ruled against a Florida law saying ex-felons can only vote if they are up to date on money owed to the state.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle declared the rule as unconstitutional in his 55-page opinion. Hinkle acknowledged in
his Friday ruling that the law will still likely go through the Florida Supreme Court or a federal trial.
Fewer Jails Won't Make Fewer Criminals.
New York City has approved a plan to close the incarceration facilities on Rikers Island and replace them with four new
borough-based jails. When first put forth in 2017, the plan was conditioned on a reduction of the city's total jail
population over the next ten years to about 5,000 inmates by 2026. Unlike Rikers Island — which, at half the
size of Central Park, is large enough to hold ten separate low-rise jail facilities, along with parking lots, maintenance areas,
and space for outdoor basketball courts and running tracks — the new jails will be high-rise buildings in
already-dense urban areas.
homeless man who menaced a woman and child gets probation despite 220 previous arrests. A homeless man named
Brian Ray Lankford who threatened a woman and her son with a large tree branch in 2017 was given a break this week.
Instead of putting Lankford in jail, the prosecutors cut a deal which gave him probation and mandatory drug treatment.
That might not seem so bad until you learn how many laps Lankford has already made around this particular block.
Calls For Abolishing Prisons In The United States. Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said
this week that it was time for the United States to have a serious conversation about "decarceration" and "prison abolition
in this country." "Mass incarceration is our American reality," the former bartender tweeted. "It is a system
whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery. To end it, we have to change.
That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country."
The Editor says...
First of all, Jim Crow, apartheid, and slavery have nothing to do with the overwhelming majority of the people in state and federal prisons
today, because they were born after 1965 or because they are not black. If Ms. Ocasio-Cortez were to visit a few
state prisons, she would quickly see there are people in those prisons who need to be locked up permanently. Secondly,
there are no "mass incarcerations." Everybody in prison was tried individually and found guilty, one at a time.
O.J. verdict introduced the world to social justice. Justice — the real, blind kind that is
dependent on due process, the presumption of innocence, and evidentiary standards — takes each case in a
vacuum. The individual is judged for his individual crimes or lack thereof, and guilty or innocence is not transferred
by association. Social justice, in contrast, judges based on collective responsibility. Rather than evaluate
O.J., a black man with all of the privilege and wealth of a beloved celebrity in white America, for his individual crime,
social justice averaged out all of the historical and not-so-historical atrocities against black Americans and gave him a
get-out-of-jail free card as a result.
Violent Crime Rate in 2018 Lowest Since 1971. FBI crime stats show the "estimated rate of violent crime was 368.9 offenses
per 100,000 inhabitants." That is a 3.9 percent reduction in the rate when compared with 2017 stats, but the real lesson
emerges when we look long term. For example, Bearing Arms reports that the 2018 rate of violent crime was barely above the
1971 rate of 396 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants.
Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In... More Retail Theft. A few years ago, California
passed one in a series of bills aimed at emptying the jails and prisons. Proposition 47 carried the disingenuous name
of "the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act and its stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To
achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft. The law raised the
value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one
thousand dollars. To the great surprise of the government, people noticed this change and began taking advantage of
it. They have now recorded multiple years of steadily increasing, organized robbery. These plots are known as
"mass grab and dash" thefts and they generally involve large numbers of young people all entering a store at the same time,
grabbing armfuls of merchandise and dashing back out to their vehicles and hitting the highway. Not only are robberies
on the rise, but arrests and prosecutions are down. Who could possibly have predicted this?
Financially Benefited from Private Prisons Despite Claiming They Are 'Profiteering off Cruelty'.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) benefited financially from the existence of private prisons despite vowing to ban them on
the grounds that they are "profiteering off cruelty," a report from the Washington Free Beacon revealed. Warren pledged
in June to ban private immigration centers and private prisons, detailing the vow in a Medium post.
in 7 New Orleans Adults is the Target of an Arrest Warrant. So how do they intend to fix this situation?
Some simply want to act like those warrants were never issued and wipe them from the books.
is 1 arrest warrant for every 7 residents in city of New Orleans. According to city data — there are
more than 55,000 outstanding warrants in Municipal and Traffic Court in New Orleans. If you do the math, that means
there is 1 outstanding warrant for every 7 people in the city of New Orleans. "The main reason so many people are in
this cycle is because they are poor and they could not get off work and did not have child care, they couldn't afford that
fine on the front end," City Councilman Jason Williams said.
Says If Male Identifies As Woman He Should Be Housed With Female Inmates In Prison. What could possibly go wrong? [Video clip]
Newsom Commutes Sentences of 21 Violent Criminals Incarcerated in CA Prisons, Including 4 Murderers with Life Sentences.
Far-left California Governor Gavin Newsom commuted sentences of 21 violent criminals including 4 murderers with life sentences
without possibility of parole. One of the murderers was arrested in 1993 for fatally shooting a man during a carjacking and
another was incarcerated in 1991 for killing an armed guard during a robbery. A man who served 31 years of 2 life
sentences for a double murder in 1988 was also given clemency by Newsom.
No Justice But What
We Make. After a drawn-out legal battle, [Jose Inez] Garcia-Zarate was acquitted on charges of first-degree
murder, second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a firearm. The only thing Steinle's
vindicators managed to stick to this slimy foreigner was a felony conviction for unlawful possession of a gun. That
conviction, however, was recently overturned by a California state appeals court. According to NPR, the 1st District
Court of Appeals ruled in late August that the conviction should be overturned because the judge did not give the jury proper
instructions on the possession charge. The judge made a "prejudicial" error when he failed to provide the jury with
"the momentary possession instruction." If this makes no sense to you, then rejoice, for you are among the sane.
Introduces Bill to Ban ICE Detention Centers, Private Prisons. The state of California is cracking down on
"private for-profit prisons" after introducing a bill to ban the facilities. Moreover, it means shutting down U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's privately run detention centers. The bill AB-42 passed the state assembly
Wednesday [9/11/2019] with 65 votes in favorable votes. According to Newsweek, it would mean shutting down
four detention centers holding "up to 4,500 inmates."
rapist killer strikes again in NYC after getting out of jail. A convicted rapist-killer who strangled a teen in
1981 and was suspected of cutting out the eyes of an earlier victim has been arrested on a new rape charge, six years after
he got out of jail. Christopher "Crazy Chris" Aniades, 62, is being held on a charge of attempted forcible rape after
the alleged attack, according to the city Department of Correction.
Case for High-Speed Police Car Chases. Gentle readers, in our previous visit we discussed a police chase in
Baltimore, one that was, in my view, imprudently and prematurely called off by a police commander who was worried about the
potential for a traffic collision. The suspect being pursued had committed two acts of attempted murder on police
officers, the first by trying to run an officer over with a car, the second by shooting at another officer, yet this
supervisor chose to allow the suspect to escape. Two days later, police shot and killed the suspect after, yes, another
car chase. A police officer and a civilian were wounded during the second chase, injuries that would not have occurred
had the suspect been captured in the first one.
years after allowing universal 'concealed carry' law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime.
Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and
now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat
of crime. [...] As the Maine Examiner noted, second-ranking Vermont also has a constitutional carry law. Guns in the
hands of honest citizens decrease crime.
Us. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bias is that political leanings
of academic criminologists are liberal. Liberal criminologists outnumber their conservative counterparts by a ratio of
30-to-1. Ideology almost perfectly predicts the position of criminologists on issues from gun control to capital punishment
to harsh sentencing. Liberal criminologists march in step for gun control, oppose punitive prison sentences, and are
vehemently against the death penalty. In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences commissioned a study on the growth of
incarceration. It showed that from 1928 until 1960, crime rates rose slowly each year. After the 1960s, crime
rates exploded to unprecedented levels of violence until the 1990s.
ways for conservatives to counter gun control with criminal control. As the Democrats seek a relentless war on
guns by focusing on the relatively small number of people killed in mass shootings, Republicans should have a bold counter-agenda
to deal with the vast majority of other homicides in this country — committed with handguns or other objects —
who are almost always known career criminals. Senate Republicans should counter the coming gun control agenda with a criminal
control agenda. [...] Also, how about dealing with the ultimate avoidable deaths caused by criminal aliens who would never have been
in the country if we actually enforced our immigration laws?
Lost Their Minds in San Francisco. San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is
descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less
live. The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco's Board of Supervisors' adoption
of new "person first" language guidelines meant to "change the public's perception of criminals." The words "convicted
felon," "offender," "convict," "addict" and "juvenile delinquent" are now out. These individuals will henceforth be
referred to as a "justice-involved person." Someone previously called a "criminal" will now be referred to as "a returning
resident," or "a formerly incarcerated person." [...] The English language once conveyed meaning. Properly written and
spoken, it suggested one was educated and capable of conversing in polite company. Today, it is often used to cover up
Francisco's New PC Terms For Criminals Met With Mockery. Amid the city's interconnected and rapidlly escalating
crime and homelessness crises, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has determined that one of the ways it can help inspire
the city's expanding criminal population to good behavior is to simply play some games with language. In a non-binding
resolution passed last month and which has gained the support of the district attorney, the city presents the grim statistic
that now one-fifth, one out of every five, residents of the city has a criminal record. In response to this alarming
criminal reality, the board has introduced its new "person first" terminology, in which old terms the city fears might encourage
"negative predispositions" and "unfounded assumptions" have been swapped out for more positive and "stigma"-free language.
Francisco, where felons are 'justice-involved' and there's no shame in crime. San Francisco's Board of
Supervisors just adopted a resolution recommending that felons not be called felons but rather "formerly incarcerated person"
or former "justice-involved" person or "returning resident" — or any other number of soft and fuzzy names that
won't hurt the feelings of the, umm, felons. File this under Ridiculous. "We don't want people to be forever
labeled for the worst things that they have done," Supervisor Matt Haney said to the San Francisco Chronicle.
you'll no longer find 'convicted felons' in San Francisco. "Convicted felons" may be getting a makeover in San
Francisco. Under a new resolution by the city's Board of Supervisors — which voted to use "person-first"
language in the criminal justice system — they'll be referred to as "justice-involved persons," the San Francisco
Chronicle reported. The guidelines nix other terms too, such as "prisoner," "convict" and "inmate," along with any
words that "obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear
normal." As part of the guidelines, a drug addict or substance abuser will become a "person with a history of substance
abuse." And a "juvenile delinquent" will instead be referred to as a "young person with justice system involvement."
The Editor says...
One of the traditional deterrents to crime is the lifetime stigma attached to convicted felons. An increase in
criminal activity will naturally accompany the erosion of that disgrace. The politicians in California are
going out of their way to make criminals feel better about themselves. They don't need encouragement!
Sen. Martha McSally wants to make domestic terrorism a federal crime. Sen. Martha McSally wants to
make domestic terrorism a punishable crime in the wake of two mass shootings potentially tied to ideologically motivated
violence in California and Texas. McSally, R-Ariz., intends to introduce legislation when the Senate returns from the
summer recess to create a law in the federal criminal code to address domestic terrorism. Federal authorities use other
laws, such as weapons offenses and hate crimes, to charge such acts.
The Editor says...
How is domestic terrorism worse than foreign terrorism?
stop more shootings, stop erasing criminal records of juveniles prone to violence. The mass shooter in Dayton,
Ohio who was killed by police early Sunday after he shot nine people to death and wounded more than a dozen fit the
now-familiar profile of the troubled youth with a well-documented history of threats dating back to high school. The
Dayton gunman had a "kill list" and had interacted with law enforcement as a minor, authorities said. Similarly, the
man charged with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.,
last year was also well known to high school counselors and local police before he turned 18, police said.
death squad regime warns Venezuelans to stay out of... Dayton, Cleveland, El Paso, Detroit. Venezuela, that
land of free health care, free education, subsidized food, subsidized gas, and five million nationals fleeing for their
lives, is warning its nationals, many of whom are waiting to be let in at the U.S. border for asylum, to stay out of the
very, very, very dangerous U.S.
prisoner drowns a pedophile, 56, who abused an 11-year-old girl, in a jail toilet in a 'revenge killing'. A
convicted child sex abuser was drowned in the toilet by a fellow prisoner as the result of a 'revenge killing', said
police. David Oseas Ramirez, 56, who had been serving a life sentence for molesting an 11-year-old girl in 2013, was
found dead in his prison cell at Duval County Jail in Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday morning [7/30/2019]. Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office announced in a statement on social media that a fight broke out between Ramirez and convicted murderer Paul
Dixon, 43, who was later arrested over the incident.
cellmate claims to have saved Jeffrey Epstein from hanging, source says. A law enforcement source confirmed
that the cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, claimed to have helped Epstein after finding him unconscious. Investigators
were still trying to determine if an assault had occurred or if the sex offender facing up to 45 years in prison had
in fact tried to take his own life, the law enforcement source said. "You've got a guy who is a millionaire who is
now living among rats and mold and wants to go home," the source said. "This is a disgusting place and the people there,
they treat you disgusting. Who wouldn't be suicidal in that kind of place? You have a silver spoon in your mouth and
then you're put in a cesspool." Bruce Barket, a lawyer for Tartaglione, refused to go into detail about the incident but
did not dispute the account.
Commentary about Baltimore and Chicago.
[Chicago is] a town that has a homicide clearance rate (that is, percentage of fatal shootings for which someone got
caught) this year of nine percent. You literally have a 90% chance of getting away with shooting someone in
Chicago. In addition among those shootings where we know the race of the assailant just 5% — a
literal one — was white. 15 were black and 4 Hispanic. Yet the city has an approximate 32% white
population with the same, roughly, being black and about 28% Hispanic. In other words both black and Hispanic people
are ridiculously over-represented when it comes to both shooting victims and perpetrators. That's not
racist, it's factual.
Everything You Don't Know About Mass
Incarceration. The FBI tracks and reports on eight "index crimes" committed in the United States. Half of
those offenses are violent, and half concern property: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated
assault, burglary, larceny theft, motor-vehicle theft, and arson. Since 2010, the U.S. has averaged about 1.2 million
violent index crimes and 8.5 million property index crimes yearly. Keeping in mind that many similar crimes never get
reported to the FBI, note that police clear just 46.8 percent and 18.9 percent of violent and property index offenses,
respectively. Put differently, since 2010, about 5.1 million violent index crimes and 54.9 million property index
crimes have gone unpunished — which works out to more than 7.5 million of these offenses yearly. Even
assuming that certain criminals commit a disproportionate number of the crimes, one can say with confidence that, in any given
year, a large number of people who should be in prison are not.
released from prison, dubbed too old to be dangerous, kills again. A man who spent decades in prison for
fatally stabbing his wife was released after being deemed too old to pose a threat — only to be convicted this
week of a nearly identical crime. It took jurors in Maine less than an hour to find Albert Flick, 77, guilty in the
2018 murder of a homeless mother, Kimberly Dobbie, who was stabbed at least 11 times while her twin sons watched. [...] Flick
was freed in 2004 — only to be sent back to jail in 2010 for assaulting another woman. The judge at the time
ignored the recommendation for a longer sentence, saying Flick wouldn't be a threat because of his age and it didn't make
sense to keep him locked up.
Man Did Nothing Wrong, But He Faces 49 Years In Prison. The weaklings and fools in the California state legislature decided
that guns are bad, bad, bad, so they passed some stupid 'gun control' laws to fight crime. But Mr [Girard Damian] Saenz was never
charged with any crime other than having weapons the state didn't think he should have. He didn't rob anyone, he committed no crimes
using the firearms in his possession. This is the natural result of the left's insanity when it comes to our Second Amendment rights:
the state legislature made simple possession of firearms it didn't like a crime in itself, but the crime they said that they were preventing
never occurred; Mr Saenz was not even suspected of using the firearms illegally. The Pyrite State created a crime where no crime
existed, infringed a man's rights when he had infringed on no one else's.
the MSM Say Someone Is in Prison for a Minor Drug Crime, They're Always Lying. If the left has its way in the
next few years, there won't be anyone left in prison because, you see, they're overflowing with innocent black men locked up
for "nonviolent drug crimes." All of them! Over the weekend, NBC News investigative reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell
appeared on MSNBC's "Kasie DC" to tell the story of Bill Underwood, loving parent and prison mentor, who has already spent
nearly 30 years in prison for a nonviolent drug crime. [...] Despite what I'm sure was an exhaustive investigation, I was
suspicious of Caldwell's characterization of Underwood's crime. My rule is: If you're not telling me why someone
was sentenced to life in prison, there's probably a reason you're not telling me.
federal inmates are immigrants, mostly Mexican. One-fifth of all federal prison inmates are not U.S citizens,
many facing illegal immigration charges, according to new data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There are a total of
35,009 "criminal aliens" of 180,344 in prison, and 60% are Mexican, according to an analysis provided to Secrets by David
Olen Cross of Salem, Ore., a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime.
Crime; Criminalizing Speech. By a strange and perfectly logical logic many people believe that, for example, if
there were no guns there would be no gun violence. Ergo, eliminating all guns will eliminate all gun violence. It
will do nothing about knife violence, but you can't have everything. And the logic does not explain how we are to take
way over 300 million guns. But, to the zealot, ideology trumps reality. Similarly, if we want to reduce crime,
or, at least crime statistics, the best way is to decriminalize crime. The more we legalize otherwise criminal
activities, the fewer crimes there will be. By the logic of political correctness and certain idealist thinkers, what
means that what makes a crime a crime is saying that it's a crime.
Justice Reform Comes Home to Roost. The same public officials who used to brag about how many criminals they
arrested are now proud of how many they let go. In Chicago, the local papers run banner headlines touting the success
of this new social-justice strategy — as measured by the record low number of people in Chicago jails. The
thinking is that we have to rethink how we treat black criminals. The talking heads and politicos agree that black
people are victims of relentless white racism, all the time, everywhere, and that explains everything — especially
why so many black people are stopped, arrested, charged, convicted, sent to prison, released, then returned to prison in
numbers that are so wildly out of proportion.
of Rape Deserves Leniency Because He's From a 'Good Family,' Judge Says. The 16-year-old girl was visibly
intoxicated, her speech slurred, when a drunk 16-year-old boy sexually assaulted her in a dark basement during an
alcohol-fueled pajama party in New Jersey, prosecutors said. [...] But a family court judge said it wasn't rape.
Instead, he wondered aloud if it was sexual assault, defining rape as something reserved for an attack at gunpoint by
strangers. He also said the young man came from a good family, attended an excellent school, had terrific grades and
was an Eagle scout. Prosecutors, the judge said, should have explained to the girl and her family that pressing charges
would destroy the boy's life.
Democrats seem to think it's shameful to put bad guys in jail. A perfect symbol to show how far-left and crazy
the Democratic Party has become is that it was an attack line in Thursday night's debate to say someone was a prosecutor.
[...] The assumption was that being a prosecutor is a bad thing. Apparently, for this primary electorate, that assumption
may be correct. And the lack of media surprise at this as a counterpunch also indicates that a prosecutorial background
is a liability in today's Democratic Party. This is nuts. In general, prosecutors are the "good guys." They
make sure bad guys, indeed sometimes truly awful people, go to prison.
Court rules 'crime of violence' law is unconstitutionally vague. A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday [6/24/2019]
that a federal law requiring longer prison sentences for using a gun during a "crime of violence" is unconstitutionally vague.
The court voted 5-4 stating the law "provides no reliable way" to determine which offenses qualify as crimes of violence.
decision might lead to release of thousands of violent felons. Justice Neil Gorsuch seems really determined to
give violent gun felons a degree of due process our founders never envisioned. In yet another opinion, expanding upon
previous decisions declaring the "crime of violence" statute unconstitutional, Gorsuch joined with the four liberal justices
to vacate the criminal conviction of two violent robbers while declaring the statute upon which the conviction rested as
unconstitutional. Meanwhile, there is no urgency from Congress to promote "criminal justice reform" that would actually
stem the tide of judicially-mandated jailbreak of violent criminals.
Crime Without Consequences.
National Public Radio (NPR) reported, "the majority of these violations are for 'minor infractions, such as failing a drug
test or missing a curfew. Those so-called technical violations cost states $2.8 billion every year, the report says."
But the underlying data and the footnotes to CSG's own report belie those bold, topline claims. A few necessary corrections and
clarifications are in order.
• "State prison" includes county jails (which aren't state prisons, at all) and
most sentences are short stays.
• Parole and probation are distinct, but all terms are mutually agreed upon
conditions to maintain the offender's liberty and are often tailored to their risk and history.
• Prior to being
re-incarcerated, both parolees and probationers receive revocation hearings, administered by a neutral third-party.
violations are not necessarily minor and often include a re-offense or serious abrogation of their release terms that threatens the public
So little of what CSG says is true it almost would be laughable — if not for the tragedy that some state lawmakers
may use the report to alter public safety laws to favor criminals.
Court offers gun-possession loophole for illegal immigrants. The Supreme Court ruled Friday [6/21/2019] that an illegal
immigrant who had a gun — a crime — can't be prosecuted if he didn't know he was in the country illegally.
In a 7-2 decision the justices said in a crime where the status of a person is the "crucial element" to the offense, the government
must prove the person was aware of that. Otherwise, it might just be an innocent mistake. That could affect "thousands"
of previous convictions.
The Editor says...
Anyone who crawled over (or under) a wall or a fence in the middle of the night, and then began a "life in the shadows,"
should be well aware that he or she is living here illegally.
A self-imposed protection racket:
Plan to Stop Crime: Pay Criminals Not to be Violent. The San Joaquin Valley Sun reported that the Fresno
plan to stop gun violence by paying criminals not to be violent is in the budget process. Richmond, Stockton and
Sacramento have funded stipends for 'high risk' individuals such as gang members in a program called "Advance Peace."
Supreme Court rules state sex offender registry law unconstitutional. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that a
state law requiring the registry of all sex offenders is unconstitutional because it violates offenders' rights to due
process. The ruling was issued Friday [6/14/2019]. In a 3-2 decision, the court said an offender must be given
the chance to prove he or she is rehabilitated and no longer remains a threat to the public.
court says convicts must pay restitution, even if crime is minor. Convicted criminals in California must repay
their victims for financial losses even for the minor crimes classified as infractions, like a mauling that killed a disabled
person's service dog, an appellate court has ruled. The state Constitution, under a provision added by a 2008 ballot
initiative, specifies that "restitution shall be ordered from the convicted wrongdoer in every case ... in which a crime
victim suffers a loss," said the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Appellate Division. The ruling was issued a week
ago and was published Friday [6/7/2019] as a precedent for future cases.
Considering Voting Rights for Prisoners. Washington, DC, could become the first jurisdiction to restore voting
rights for prisoners after a majority of its council-members on Tuesday backed bills to give incarcerated individuals voting
rights and the ability to vote via absentee ballots. Council-member Robert White (D) introduced legislation that would
give voting rights to "residents convicted and imprisoned for committing felonies." Another bill would allow D.C.
residents in federal prisons to vote with absentee ballots.
on the Torture of Paul Manafort. The sadistic treatment of Paul Manafort illustrates something I have believed
since I attended graduate school in the 1970s and saw the behavior of left-wing students: Leftism makes people
meaner. There are kind and mean conservatives and kind and mean liberals. Neither liberalism nor conservatism
makes people kinder or meaner. But this is not the case with leftism. With the handful of exceptions that
accompany every generalization, leftism makes people meaner, even crueler. Take the transfer of Manafort, the one-time
Trump campaign manager, from a federal prison to New York's Rikers Island prison.
An obvious violation of the Eighth Amendment:
is Paul Manafort off to Rikers? The decision to move Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was
sentenced earlier this year to nearly seven years in prison in connection with two federal cases, from the decent federal
prison to which he was sentenced to solitary confinement to the dangerous hell hole that is New York City's Rikers Island
seems abusive and possibly illegal. I know Rikers well having spent time there visiting numerous defendants accused of
murder and other violent crimes. It is a terrible place that no one should ever be sent to. It should be shut
down. It is so bad that defendants often plead guilty, even if they have defensible cases, simply to move to a safer
and better prison.
Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Manafort "should be released" from "torture" of solitary confinement.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday knocked reports that President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort
was going to be moved into solitary confinement in her district, calling the punishment "torture." "Paul Manafort is
being sent to solitary confinement in my district -- Rikers Island. A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture
and human rights violations. That's what solitary confinement is. Manafort should be released, along with all
people being held in solitary," the New York Democrat tweeted. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been a vocal critic of
prisons' use of solitary confinement.
State: First, the attempted coup. Now, the political prisoner. What we are all looking at is how
criminal Deep State is, demonstrating how it can use the levers of power to turn a first-world country into a banana
republic. We aren't seeing normal things from these people, we are seeing some incredible abuses of power.
Manafort was convicted earlier and is doing time in Pennsylvania for white collar crimes around taxable income and foreign
agent registration. These are crimes few are ever prosecuted for, but they were real enough. Now he's a wedge
player in a new and very dirty deep-state political game.
Manafort [is] not going to Rikers Island, will remain in federal custody after DOJ rejects move, source says. The
Justice Department has rejected New York County District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.'s attempt to have former Trump campaign
chairman Paul Manafort transferred to the notorious Rikers Island prison complex ahead of his pending state court trial, amid
questions as to why the move was even contemplated in the first place, Fox News is told. Fox News first reported
earlier this month that a New York State judge ordered the transfer at Vance's request. However, because Manafort has
been convicted on federal charges, any attempt to move him out of federal custody must be approved by Deputy Attorney General
Jeffrey Rosen. On Monday [6/17/2019], Rosen denied the attempt, effectively keeping Manafort in federal custody.
The Editor says...
Earlier coverage of this story indicated that Mr. Manafort had already been moved
or "will be sent" there
or "could happen as early as Thursday [6/6/2019]."
prosecutors cave in on Manafort Rikers scheme after DoJ note. Maybe we really do have a Department of Justice
that's serious about reforming itself. Attorney General William Barr deserves applause for this one. [...] Now,
Manafort is not a guy anyone needs to feel much sympathy for for being in a federal prison, given that he committed crimes on
his tax reportage that most of us would never think of doing. But the Deep State has shown itself to be far, far more
vile than Manafort ever was.
Is The Future The Liberal Elite Wants For You. [Scroll down] Already, petty crime has been effectively
legalized. Crooks get a free pass on the first $950 a day they steal. The casual larceny and other offenses that
make life unbearable are becoming more and more common as liberal laws release criminals to victimize regular citizens.
This is known as "justice," as if someone who steals from a hardworking businessman is being cruelly put out by being
arrested for it. And now pot's effectively legal here, which is spectacular. Just what Cali needed —
more people on a drug that makes them dumber and lazier.
lawmakers back chemical castration for child predators. Alabama state lawmakers passed a bill that would
require child predators to be "chemically castrated" before they leave prison, a report said Tuesday [6/4/2019]. The
bill, which was submitted to Gov. Kay Ivey over the weekend, will require sex offenders convicted of abusing a child
under the age of 13 to take drugs that block the production of testosterone and hormones as a condition of parole. If a
convict refuses to take the medication, they'll be considered in violation of parole and immediately taken back into custody,
the bill states. They'll also be required to pay for the medication.
Blasio wants teens charged with robbery, assault freed without bail. Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to "more than
triple" the number of teens who are released from city jails with no bail on charges as serious as armed robbery, assault and
burglary, The [New York] Post has learned. New guidelines from the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice will also
"significantly" expand the number of adults eligible for de Blasio's no-bail Supervised Release Program, according to a memo
sent to top city judges this month and obtained by The Post. The policy changes — which take effect on
Saturday — will let defendants between ages 16 and 19 qualify for the program's Youth Engagement Track, which is
now capped at age 17, except in Brooklyn.
Why Plea Deals
Are a Gross Miscarriage of Justice. [Robert P. Murphy] goes solo to explain why the common practice of
"offering a plea deal" is a horrible practice, which gives us little reason to trust that those convicted are actually guilty
of the crimes to which they confess. [Video clip]
A Full Presidential Pardon.
[Scroll down] The American criminal justice system is frequently and largely evil; I was convicted for attempted
obstruction of injustice. It was never anything but a smear job. For my friends, no explanation was ever
necessary; for my enemies, none would ever have sufficed. As I told the trial judge at resentencing: I always
try to take success like a gentleman and reversals like a man.
prosecutor encourages shoplifting. The liberal district attorney in Dallas, John Creuzot, is refusing to
prosecute shoplifters who steal less than $750, if what they stole was "necessities" like food or diapers, and they haven't
tried to resell what they stole. This refusal to prosecute will spawn an increase in shoplifting. That will drive
up prices for necessities like food, at the expense of law-abiding people. Criminal penalties deter crime, as studies
have found, and serious penalties deter better than trivial ones. So the Dallas DA's refusal to prosecute shoplifters
will embolden more people to steal.
Testimony from legally
blind eyewitness results in murder conviction; case now under review. The murder conviction of a Chicago man is
under review in Illinois, after it was revealed following trial that the key witness — who purportedly saw the
crime and identified the perpetrator — is legally blind. Dexter Saffold swore under oath five years ago that
he saw Darien Harris kill a man at a South Side gas station in 2011. While there was no physical evidence linking Harris to
the crime, and surveillance footage did not show the shooting or the suspect's face, Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Ford
found Saffold to be an "honest witness" who gave an "unblemished" testimony, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Could A $15 Minimum Wage Make
Neighborhoods Less Safe? The minimum wage debate has reignited in recent months as Congress considers the Raise
the Wage Act of 2019, a bill that would more than double the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Skeptics worry that
a 107% increase in the minimum wage will substantially reduce low-skilled employment, hurting many of the vulnerable workers
it was designed to help. But a $15 minimum wage could mean more than lost jobs. My new research, co-authored with
Zachary Fone of the University of New Hampshire and Resul Cesur of the University of Connecticut, finds evidence that some
affected younger workers turn to property crime as a consequence of a higher minimum wage.
and Unsafe: Leaked videos expose Arizona prison's broken cell doors. The video reveals a disturbing,
everyday truth about multiple units inside Lewis: Cell doors don't lock. And the doors haven't locked for
years. "It's Jurassic Park," said Carlos Garcia, a retired 20-year employee of the Arizona Department of
Corrections. "These are top-of-the-line offenders, and they're running rampant with open doors. How do you like
that? They don't even need a key," he said. "They just open their own door."
Seattle Judge Sent A Homeless Man With 72 Convictions To Jail, The City Attorney Was Furious. A 55-year-old
homeless man named Francisco Calderon punched a complete stranger in the mouth one day in November, giving him a bloody
lip. The victim called 911 and Calderon was arrested and charged with assault. He pleaded guilty to the
crime. That turned out to be his 72nd time being convicted of a crime, fourteen of those convictions were
felonies. And yet, City Attorney Pete Holmes worked out a plea deal with Calderon's public defender which would keep
him out of jail. Instead, he would get probation and drug treatment. Enter Municipal Court Judge Ed McKenna whose
job it was to sentence Calderon. McKenna wasn't convinced no jail time was appropriate in the case and questioned the
and murderers could be set free after age 55 if 'crazy' bill proposed by NYC Dems passes. New York City Republicans and
law enforcement officials are incensed over a proposal seeking to grant parole eligibility to older inmates who have served some prison
time. Currently imprisoned felons, including murderers and rapists, could be out on the street again if the controversial state
bill passes, allowing inmates aged 55 and older who have been in prison at least 15 years to be eligible for parole.
U.S. Incarceration Falls to 20-Year Low. The share of the adult population in prison has fallen to its lowest
point since 1997, a new report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows. The report is the latest
instance of the BJS's ongoing Prisoners series, which has provided the public with detailed statistics on state and federal
offenders for decades. Thursday's [4/25/2019] report provides information on the state of the nation's prison system in
2017, with data on both the federal system (which accounted in that year for about 12 percent of all incarcerated) and
the prisons of the 50 states.
Saudi Arabia beheading
so many prisoners it needs more executioners as Kingdom is tipped to set new slaughter record. The ruthless Saudi government
is beheading so many people it needs to recruit a deadly new squad of sword-wielding executioners. The news comes after it
slaughtered 37 people in one bloody day last week meaning it is now tipped to kill a record number of its citizens in 2019.
before latest arrest, serial rape suspect had lengthy criminal history. Julie Lensing saw the story, "Serial
rapist targets escorts, assaults them at knife-point" and felt sick to her stomach. She recognized the suspect,
Kenyatta Buckles, because she had been a juror when he was on trial in an earlier rape. Lensing was convinced he was
guilty. Other jurors disagreed and eventually acquitted him. "I wish we could have found him guilty," she
said. It wasn't the first time Buckles, 24, had avoided prison. During the past five years, Buckles has been
convicted of two felonies and charged with several others. He admitted to violating his probation three times, and
warrants had been issued for his arrest at least 10 times.
survey: 7 in 10 felons register as Democrats. A new study of how criminals vote found that most convicts
register Democratic, a key reason in why liberal lawmakers and governors are eager for them to get back into the voting booth
after their release. "Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation," said the authoritative study in
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The authors, professors from the University of
Pennsylvania and Stanford University, found that in some states, felons register Democratic by more than six-to-one. In
New York, for example, 61.5 percent of convicts are Democrats, just 9 percent Republican. They also cited a
study that found 73 percent of convicts who turn out for presidential elections would vote Democrat.
Serial Killers, Rapists, Kidnappers, Child Molesters [who are] Eligible to Vote Under Bernie Sanders' Plan.
This week, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed a plan that would allow felons serving time behind bars the
right to vote from their prison cells. "So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of
jail, they certainly should have the right to vote," Sanders said during a town hall. "But, I believe even if they are
in jail, they're paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in
our democracy." Initially, Sen. Kamala Harris said, "I think we should have that conversation" when asked about
allowing convicted criminals to vote from their cells, but she has since backtracked on that statement, declaring that she
actually opposes giving felons in prison the right to vote. "Do I think that people who commit murder and people who
are terrorists should be deprived of their rights, yes I do," Harris said.
Inmate Accused of Torturing, Beheading Cellmate. A California inmate now stands accused of torturing and
beheading his cellmate, according to reports. Convicted murderer Jaime Osuna has been accused of the brutal torture and
death of his cellmate at Corcoran State Prison in the Fresno suburb of Corcoran, California. The man was killed in the
early morning of March 9 and died of blood loss from "multiple sharp force trauma injuries," charging documents state.
judge unleashes on prosecutor as more and more people aren't getting the "Smollett Deal". One of the many
topics that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office has regularly avoided since abruptly dropping charges against
Jussie Smollett on March 26th is this: Could they point to any other occasions when they flat-out dropped felony false
police report charges without requiring the accused to at least plead guilty? It's an essential question because Joe
Magats, the top aide who took over the Smollet case when Foxx "recused" herself insisted that the resolution Smollett enjoyed
"is available to all defendants; it's not something out of privilege; it's not something out of clout."
Groups Work to Register 1.4 Million Ex-Felons Ahead of 2020. The current battle revolves around a Florida state
amendment that was passed last year restoring voting rights for felons, with progressive groups opposing a local bill that
would require the state's ex-felons to first pay civil fines and court fees before registering to vote. Florida's
Amendment Four was approved by voters during last year's Midterm election. The heavily Soros-funded American Civil
Liberties Union and Brennan Center for Justice based in New York both served as consultants in drafting Amendment Four.
The Editor says...
The loss of voting privileges is part of the punishment for felonies. One can pay his or her "debt to society" in the penitentiary,
but one of the traditional deterrents to felonious behavior is to be permanently banned from voting, jury duty, and with various types of
licensing, among other things. Crime and punishment, minus punishment, leaves only crime.
of LA Police Officer Dies at San Quentin. The killer of a California police officer has died [4/20/2019] after
being found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison.
will no longer prosecute 'petty crimes'. Is this the face of criminal justice "reform"? Dallas County district attorney
John Creuzot is enacting sweeping changes to the way his office deals with crime. It appears that Creuzot will be giving petty
criminals a pass. Creuzot will "decriminalize" most petty crimes against property, reform the bail system, and refuse to prosecute
first-time drug offenders.
Justice Prosecutors. [Scroll down] Individuals from this new class of legal eagles have advanced in all
branches of government and at all levels — local, state, and federal. They have attended notable law
schools, they are African-American, and they are hellbent on ushering in an era of seeking what today's liberal law schools
are pouring into their students by the bucket full — not "justice" but "social justice." Now finding
themselves in positions of power, these social justice warriors have a deep-rooted belief in the fundamental unfairness of
America in general, and our judicial system in particular. They believe that crimes for which underprivileged groups,
namely blacks and Latinos, have higher rates of sentencing and incarceration, are the product of an at best a biased, and at
worst a racist system; a system which they are a part of and can find ways to affect. One example is when the
Obama/Holder DOJ released 6,000 people from federal prisons and reduced the sentences of as many as 46,000 others as a part
of their sentencing-reform efforts in 2015.
man gets out of jail, immediately steals from car in prison parking lot: cops. A man leaving jail in Florida
this week was arrested minutes later — accused of stealing from a car in the prison parking lot, police records
show. Michael Casey Lewis, 34, had just been bonded out of St. Lucie County Jail in Fort Pierce, Fla., when
officers spotted him "acting suspicious" in the parking lot, according to his arrest affidavit. He claimed to be
waiting for his girlfriend — but security footage allegedly showed him checking for unlocked cars and finally
getting into one.
Using AI Surveillance In VIP Jail To 'Make Prison Breaks Impossible'. A high-security VIP prison in China is
deploying an AI monitoring system to surveil convicts — tracking their every move to 'learn' their behavioral patterns and
flag abnormal activity, according to SCMP. State-run Yancheng prison has installed a network of cameras in every cell and
every corner of the building, which some experts believe will make escape impossible even if inmates are able to bribe the
guards (who we expect the system to be used to monitor as well).
at UK's largest prison [are] allowed to lock and unlock their own cells. Inmates at the largest UK prison have
been given the ability to lock and unlock their cells, along with requesting privacy. The all-male prison, HMP Berwyn,
located in Wales, is the largest prison controlled under the Ministry of Justice. The inmates are majority C-class
offenders, meaning they cannot be trusted in open conditions yet they are unlikely to try and escape.
18-year-olds minors? Pennsylvania judges urge review of case that could affect hundreds of young lifers.
It was standing room only last fall when Superior Court heard arguments about whether Avis Lee, who was 18 when she served as
lookout in a 1981 robbery, was really just a kid at the time, and therefore constitutionally protected from automatic life
without parole. The case, attendees hoped, could clear the way for as many as a thousand Pennsylvania lifers who were
just a couple years into adulthood to be resentenced under the same U.S. Supreme Court decision that relied in part on
evolving neuroscience to determine that juveniles are less culpable than adults, and so cannot be sentenced to life in prison
without individualized hearings.
The Editor says...
The line has to be drawn somewhere. Right now, the line is at age 18. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
Keeps Joining High Court Liberals. Chief Justice John Roberts is showing a new willingness to side with the
U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing after the divisive confirmation fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Roberts joined
the liberals Wednesday [2/27/2019] in two rulings that left the conservatives in dissent. Most notably, he cast the deciding
vote to order a new look at the mental competence of a death row inmate who says he can't remember the crimes he committed.
Out of Control. The broadening revelations of the lawless, almost putschist excesses of the Comey-McCabe FBI and elements
of the Justice Department and the Brennan-Clapper intelligence services invite serious contemplation of how close the United States came
to being a country where regime change might be plausibly and self-righteously attempted by what in undemocratic countries is generally
known as the secret police. [...] For at least 60 years I have heard high American officials announce that the United States
is not a "banana republic." Of course it is not, and never was. But there is a complacency about America's status as a society
of laws that is both unbecoming and unjustified. As many judges, lawyers, and commentators have noted, the level of prosecution
success in criminal cases is over 95 percent, 97 percent of those without a trial; these, and the proportion of the population
that is incarcerated, are totalitarian numbers.
Death of a Teenager in Brooklyn Comes Amid Rise in Murders. A 15-year-old boy from Haiti was shot and killed in
front of his sister by a hooded gunman on Friday night in a horrific scene that rocked his Brooklyn neighborhood and served
as a grim reminder of a growing number of murders in New York. [...] His murder was the latest in an increasingly violent
year in New York City, and Brooklyn in particular. As of Feb. 17, there had been 48 murders in the city this year,
up from 31 during the same period in 2018. That increase has been driven mostly by killings in Brooklyn, where
there have been at least 15 more murders compared with this point last year.
On 'Discrimination' Law, Iowa Jury Awards Trans Woman $120,000, Access To Male Prison Facilities. A jury in
Iowa has concluded that the state discriminated against a former Iowa Department of Corrections nurse because the employer
wouldn't let her use the bathrooms with male employees. The jury also said the Iowa Department of Corrections denied
Jesse Vreogh health care coverage for "medically necessary surgery" — i.e. a double mastectomy to look more like a
man. The jury awarded Vreogh $120,000 for the "emotional distress" of both instances based on Iowa's sexual orientation
and gender identity law, which was introduced in 2007 and signed by Democrat Gov. Chet Culver.
man serving life sentence for sex trafficking escapes maximum-security prison. A man serving life in prison on
human-trafficking charges escaped from a maximum-security prison in north Alabama Wednesday, officials said. Corey Aris
Davis, 30, was not in his cell at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville during a security check at 8 p.m.
CST, the Department of Corrections said in a statement.
incarceration rate is at a two-decade low. The U.S. incarceration rate fell in 2016 to its lowest level in 20 years,
according to new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the statistical arm of the Department of Justice. Despite the
decline, the United States incarcerates a larger share of its population than any other country. At the end of 2016, there were
about 2.2 million people behind bars in the U.S., including 1.5 million under the jurisdiction of federal and state prisons
and roughly 741,000 in the custody of locally run jails. That amounts to a nationwide incarceration rate of 860 prison or jail
inmates for every 100,000 adults ages 18 and older.
child killer found dead in Oklahoma prison cell; victim's body never found. A man convicted in the cold case
murder of an 8-year-old girl whose body has never been found was discovered dead in his Oklahoma prison cell Friday night [1/11/2019],
according to reports. The body of Anthony Joseph Palma, 59, was found around 7:30 p.m. by a correctional officer doing a
routine security check, a report said. Medical staff could not revive him and he was pronounced dead around 8:55 p.m.
man who attacked police station in 2016 gets 195 years. A Maryland man who opened fire on a police station in
2016, leading to the friendly-fire death of a narcotics detective, was sentenced Thursday to 195 years in prison.
Michael Ford, 25, was convicted in November of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and weapons charges in the killing
of Prince George's County Police Detective Jacai Colson. [...] Ford's brothers, Malik and Elijah, recorded cellphone videos
of the ambush after dropping him off at the station in Landover, a suburb of Washington, D.C. They agreed to film the
shooting so the video could be sent to [...] a website known for posting users' violent videos, a police detective testified
convicted in child porn case dies of injuries suffered in prison fight, authorities say. A man serving a
40-year sentence for his role in an international child pornography ring has died following a fight at a federal detention
center in Michigan, authorities said Friday [1/4/2019]. Christian Maire, 40, of New York, was pronounced dead following
an altercation involving seven inmates Tuesday at the Milan detention center about 50 miles southwest of Detroit, a statement
from the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.
Quentin inmate who escaped prison captured at Taco Bell. A 21-year-old prisoner who escaped from the
high-security San Quentin State Prison in California was captured by police Saturday afternoon [12/29/2018]. Shalom Mendoza,
who was serving five years for using a deadly weapon during a carjacking attempt, walked away from a prison work crew
Wednesday [12/26/2018], according to police, and was discovered missing that night during an official head count.
Of Justice Continues To Run Interference For The Obama Administration. [Scroll down] There are lots of
"cooperating witnesses" an boodles of physical evidence but the fly in the ointment is that El Chapo has a history of being a
customer of Eric Holder's Justice Department. Under Holder, the only Attorney General to ever be cited for criminal contempt
by the Houses of Representatives, El Chapo was allowed to buy a massive amount of firepower from gun stores in the United States
using straw-buyers and using gun stores who were cooperating with the federal government under what was known as Operation Fast
and Furious. Several of those weapons were recovered from El Chapo's headquarters when he was arrested. Federal
prosecutors don't want the jury of rubes to hear about it. I say rubes because that is plainly how the federal prosecutors
see the jury.
Post- Freddy Gray Bad News From Baltimore. This Washington Post article about homicide rates in Baltimore is important for
two reasons. First, it confirms with updated statistics the killing spree that followed attacks on policing in Baltimore after
Freddy Gray's accidental death. Second, it demonstrates why recidivism rates based on arrest statistics vastly understate the
amount of crime committed by those released for prison. [...] A depleted, demoralized police force is going to struggle to solve crimes,
especially when crime is increasing. And a police force that's demonized by politicians and the federal government is probably
going to receive less help from residents in solving crimes than a force that's not under concerted assault. But here's the point
that's relevant to legislation, like the recent jailbreak bill, that results in less jail time for criminals, especially felons.
The inability of the police to solve crimes means that the recidivism statistics based on arrest rates vastly understate the amount of
crime released prisoners actually commit.
Male Transgender Inmate Moved To Women's Facility After Yearlong Legal Battle. On Thursday, attorneys for
27-year-old Deon "Strawberry" Hampton announced that their client, a biological male who identifies as a female and is
serving a ten-year prison sentence for residential burglary, would be transferred from a men's correctional facility to a
women's correctional facility. Hampton filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) in
late-November 2017, demanding to be moved to a women's prison following 16 months of hormone therapy. The lawsuit
alleged that Hampton was the target of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of correctional officers at multiple
facilities — first at Pinckneyville Correctional Center, then at Menard Correctional Center.
Judge Orders Male Inmate Transferred To Women's Prison Because He Identifies As Female. A man presenting as a
woman is being sent to a previously all-female prison. Deon Strawberry Hampton is serving a 10-year-sentence for
burglary. A federal judge has approved the Illinois inmate's transfer to a women's penitentiary. 27-year-old
Strawberry claims he's endured years of sexual assault, taunting, and beatings at the male Big House. He was moved this
past week from his old prison bars in Dixon to all-new prison bars at the women's Logan Correctional Center.
by for a wave of male prison inmates claiming to be transgender females. Two federal judges now have ruled,
setting the precedent of transferring a male prison inmate to a female prison because he claims to feel that he is a woman
and poses as one, and, in the current instance, has undergone surgical mutilation of his reproductive organs. The
"transgender female" is referred to as a "woman" and "she" in the following report from the Associated Press: ["]A
transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary has been moved from a men's to a women's prison in what
could be a first for the state, her lawyers announced today.["] The transfer was forced by a federal judge whom
the AP does not wish to identify. (Why?) That judge evidently accepts the politically correct line that, contrary
to settled science, sex is not determined by chromosomes.
homeless vagrants face no charges in attack on cop seen in viral video, says Manhattan DA. Attacking a cop has
joined fare beating and public urination on the list of subway misbehavior Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance won't bother
prosecuting. Officer Syed Ali — an Army combat vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — had no
trouble fending off five homeless vagrants with his baton and his feet as they came at him one by one on Sunday night.
The attack, captured on video, was viewed 4 million times on Twitter.
officer fights off aggressive drunks in the subway but none of the attackers are charged. While most of us were
getting ready for Christmas, NYPD officer Syed Ali was working a transit beat in the NY subways Sunday night [12/23/2018].
This particular night, five intoxicated men were harassing a woman on the platform of the East Broadway station. [...] Officer
Ali, who is a combat veteran, was praised by the Mayor and various NY authorities for dealing with the drunks without
escalating the situation. [...] But some were upset that the men who harassed the subway rider and tried to fight a police
officer were released and won't be charged with anything.
California deputies attacked, injured by jail inmates: sheriff's office. Five deputies at a California
correctional facility were hospitalized after they were attacked by inmates on Thursday morning. The attacks happened
around 7:30 a.m. as inmates were exchanging items in a hallway at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, the Orange County
Sheriff's Office said in a news release. The jail was placed on a temporary lockdown following the incident, which
officials said was "quickly controlled."
man sentenced to watching 'Bambi' once a month as part of punishment. A Missouri man charged with taking part
in the illegal killing of "several hundred deer" was ordered to undergo an unusual punishment as part of his sentence.
David Berry Jr., part of a southwest Missouri family arrested for killing and leaving deer to rot after removing their heads,
has been ordered to watch the animated Disney classic "Bambi" once a month while he is in prison, Fox News reported.
One percent of the population commits one eighth of the aggravated assaults in a city of four million.
Angeles Doubled its Homeless Budget, Doubled Homeless Crime. It wasn't all that long ago that the nation watched
transfixed in horror as fires tore apart California, destroying homes and claiming lives. In all the debates about global
warming and forestry management, one singular cause of the fire was left unaddressed. Global warming wasn't starting the
fires. People were. [...] This November, the Los Angeles Zoo had to evacuate its animals over a fire in yet another homeless
encampment. That fire not only endangered lives, but diverted resources from fighting the much more serious fires in Ventura
County. But instead of shutting down the encampments, Mayor Garcetti, who has done more to legalize and subsidize homelessness
in Los Angeles than any of his predecessors, sent "outreach workers" from the expanding behemoth of the LA Homeless Services Agency
to ask them to please move. That worked about as well as expected.
child killer missing for more than 40 years may be 'hiding in plain sight,' feds say. A convicted child
murderer who has eluded authorities for more than four decades may be living under an alias in one of two states and "hiding
in plain sight," according to federal officials. The U.S. Marshals Service added Lester Eubanks to its "15 Most
Wanted List" on Dec. 7 in hopes of ending his 45-year stint on the lam.
Crime in LA is Up 50%. You get more of what you subsidize. When you subsidize homelessness as Los
Angeles, New York and a number of other cities driving a boom in homelessness have been doing, you get more of it. And
you also get more of the crime that comes with it.
Crime Jumps Nearly 50 Percent in Los Angeles, LAPD Says. The number of crimes in which homeless individuals
were listed as suspects increased by nearly 50 percent in the city of Los Angeles in 2018. Crime data provided by the
Los Angeles Police Department showed there were 8,906 crime reports between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1 this year in which a homeless
person was listed as the suspect, compared with 5,976 for the same time period in 2017. LAPD officials said most concerning
were the disproportionate number of homeless individuals listed as suspects in physical attacks that cause serious injuries,
described as, "aggravated assaults," in police records.
Jared: The Birdbrain
of Alcatraz. As anyone with an amoeba's understanding of recent history knows, beginning in the early '60s,
assorted [...] liberals jettisoned logic, common sense and a basic understanding of human nature by releasing criminals from
the prisons where they belonged. Instead of punishing criminals, we would give them social services, education and job
training — with the implied understanding that they wouldn't move next door to any of the reformers. The
experts assured a disbelieving public that these policies would reduce crime. As Thomas Sowell writes in The Vision
of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, the stage was set. Liberal criminologists'
soft-on-crime policies were in place. We only needed empirical evidence. "THE RESULTS: Crime rates
skyrocketed. Murder rates suddenly shot up until the murder rate in 1974 was more than twice as high as in 1961.
Between 1960 and 1976, a citizen's chances of becoming a victim of a major violent crime tripled." Prior to this period,
crime had been declining for three decades.
Hysterics Roll On. The rotten criminal justice system of the United States itself (99 percent conviction rate,
97 percent without trial) does not meet standards distinctly higher than some despotisms.
Nixon 'Road Map' Won't Save Mueller's Futile Prosecution. [Scroll down] At least there was a crime at the Watergate
and a few other places. But both attempts at pseudo-legal putsches are and have been disgusting and profoundly illegal
corruptions of the system, and contribute to an understanding of why the American prosecutors win a North Korean level 99 percent
of their indictments, 97 percent without a trial, and the sweet land of liberty has six to 12 times as many incarcerated
people per capita as comparable large and prosperous democracies: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
killed woman hours after his release from prison, authorities say. A man who police suspect of killing a woman
hours after he was released from an Arizona prison was arrested Friday [11/23/2018] at a hotel, authorities said
Saturday. The suspect, identified as David Bohart, 34, had been released the Tucson state prison complex Monday after
serving a three-year stint for possession or use of dangerous drugs, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections website.
Plummets After QuikTrip Stores Add Good Guys with Guns. QuikTrip convenience stores added good guys with guns
in Wichita, Kansas, and the results were so good that they are expanding the program to stores in other areas. The NRA
noted, "After implementing the new strategy at its Wichita, Kansas locations and seeing success, QuikTrip, the massive gas
station and convenience store chain said it would expand the policy to other stores." KWCH reports that the good guys
with guns will be armed security, but QuikTrip also left the door open to armed clerks in situations where the clerks "have
previous experience and necessary licenses."
Whose fault is this?
jailers ordered transgender woman to show her genitals, lawsuit says. A transgender woman has filed a federal
lawsuit against Dallas County alleging jailers ordered her to show her genitalia to them so they could determine her
sex. Valerie Jackson, 32, had been arrested in November 2016 after she left a gun in her purse when she went through
security at Dallas Love Field, but a grand jury declined to indict her on the weapons charge. Her lawsuit, filed Friday
[11/2/2018], alleges that she was harassed and humiliated at the jail and that her constitutional rights were violated.
Laws Are Not Enforced, Anarchy Follows. What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character.
Instead, fear of punishment — the shame of arrest, fines or imprisonment — more often makes us comply with
laws. Law enforcement is not just a way to deal with individual violators but also a way to remind society at large that
there can be no civilization without legality. Or, as 17th-century British statesman George Savile famously put it:
"Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen."
Under-Incarceration Problem, Explosive Packages Edition. This is a recurring but almost always ignored
phenomenon. In one high-profile case after another, we learn that the criminal is a chronic offender with a rap sheet
that, in a properly functioning society, would have mandated his incarceration at the time of his latest offense. Yet,
Democrats and too many Republicans, including some in the White House, are dead set on increasing the number of convicted
felons, including dealers of drugs like fentanyl, on the streets. They want shorter sentences for such offenders and
they want them released from jail early — an obvious recipe for more crime faster. In short, the bipartisan
leniency-for-felons crowd seeks to make our under-incarceration problem worse, even though doing so can only increase the
occurrence of crime, including violent crime.
in 2 Ohio prison knife attacks. Two Ohio inmates have been charged in separate knife attacks at a prison in
assaults that severely wounded a guard and injured four prisoners who were unable to defend themselves because they were
handcuffed to a table.
Brown's get-out-of-jail-free card in California. Here's a story that's making the news in San Diego as a local
district attorney protests, but it's actually a state problem that goes back to the usual lefty suspects, starting with
Gov. Jerry Brown. Thousands of murder convictions are likely to be vacated due to a change in state law that
effectively says that if you were the guy sitting in the shotgun seat of the car as the other guy pulled the trigger, you get
off scot-free — you're no longer convicted of murder, too. The County of San Diego alone is set to release
about 150 such charmers onto the streets, and the other 57 counties are going to have to do similar. All told, about
800 of them are reportedly going to get let out.
center brawl gets out of hand. New video obtained by the [New York] Post shows the wild gang melee at the
city's new juvenile center Wednesday [10/3/2018] that left 20 officers injured. The footage, which begins mid-brawl, shows
correction officers at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx frantically scrambling to get the teenage inmates under
control. [Video clip]
Mafia is wising up and keeping quiet. Meet the new mob — same as the old mob. Thirty-three
years after John Gotti carried out his audacious hit on crime boss Paul Castellano, which flouted Mafia rules and brought a
wave of devastating prosecutions under the Dapper Don's brash reign, New York's five crime families have reverted to their
old-guard ways. They're keeping quiet. No more press conferences or TV appearances. No more
weekly meetings with capos at favorite restaurants or social clubs. No more shootouts between warring
factions. No more wire rooms for taking wagers.
Largest Jail System To Host Voter Registration Event For 'Justice-Involved' Inmates. Los Angeles County
officials have organized a special event on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, targeting eligible inmates inside a
downtown jail. It's part of a government-ordered effort "to register as many justice-involved County residents as
possible in advance of the November 2018 election." County agencies leading a "voter engagement task force" have been
working with the ACLU, anti-incarceration groups, and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, which operates seven custody
centers that make up the nation's largest jail system. The campaign, called "L.A. Free the Vote," was created "to
strategize and guide voter registration efforts for justice-involved residents."
man sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes. A Florida man who stole 10 cartons
of cigarettes from a Circle K was sentenced to 20 years in state prison. Robert Spellman, 48, was convicted of burglary
and grand theft in August, according to the Pensacola News Journal, after he stole the cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager's
office at the convenience store. [...] Spellman has 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions on his résumé, making him a
habitual felony offender.
The Editor says...
No, Mr. Spellman did not get 20 years for stealing ten cartons of cigarettes, as the headline above falsely asserts. He got
20 years in the slammer because he is unwilling to obey the law and stay out of trouble. Our society is a safer place
because recalcitrant felons like Mr. Spellman are locked up.
stole ambulance, led cops on chase, for 39th arrest since 2013: reports. An Oregon woman charged with stealing
an ambulance last Sunday while paramedics performed CPR on an unconscious woman had one question after her arrest, according
to a report. "Why did they leave it unlocked?," suspect Christy Lynn Woods, 37, of Roseburg, asked, according to an
affidavit reviewed by the Oregonian. [...] It was Woods' eighth arrest this year, the report said.
woman accused of sexually assaulting inmates. A transgender woman serving time at an all-female UK prison
sexually assaulted four inmates at the facility, according to new reports. Convicted sex offender Karen White, 52, who
was born a man and identifies as a woman, confessed this week to two counts of sexual touching at New Hall Prison, in
Wakefield, The Sun reported. She denied the two other counts, according to the report.
baby-killer released after 30 years behind bars. A New York woman convicted of killing her infant daughter in
the 1980s and suspected of killing seven of her eight other children has been released from prison. R29vZCBsdWNrIHdpdGggeW91ciBjYXJlZXIgYXQgUGxhbm5lZCBQYXJlbnRob29kLg==
Gov. Jerry Brown Sets Record of 1,018 Pardons in 8 Years. California Gov. Jerry Brown used his
executive powers to issue 36 gubernatorial pardons on Friday, to hit a record of 1,018 pardons in eight years in
office. Although 22 of those were for murder and 13 for attempted murder or manslaughter, Brown said each of the
pardons he provided went to individuals that had had "demonstrated exemplary behavior" and lived "productive and law-abiding
lives" following their convictions and time served in prison, according to the Fresno Bee.
Proposes Implanting Microchips in People to Track Non-Violent Offenders Like "Pets". This Tuesday [8/7/2018],
Toledo City Councilman Rob Ludeman suggested that criminals be implanted with microchips so they can be tracked by police and
the courts. Ludeman also made comments essentially describing people charged with crimes as animals. The
councilman said, "this can't be inhumane because we do it to our pets." Ludeman suggested that implantable microchips
should be used instead of ankle bracelets for people doing time on house arrest because ankle bracelets don't work on the cop
shows that he watches.
More about RFID.
child rapist escapes from Kansas prison three days after arrival. A man convicted of raping a child escaped
from a Kansas prison Saturday [8/4/2018] — just three days after his arrival, authorities said. The inmate,
identified as Robert Terrell, 36, jumped a fence on the west side of the Winfield Correctional Facility around
8:50 p.m., according to a Facebook post by the Cowley County Emergency Communications department.
could he be found competent after what he did?'. The mental health therapist, one of a parade over the years,
recommended Christian Gomez might try socializing a little more. As if some coffee shop rendezvous would be therapeutic
for an increasingly withdrawn schizophrenic who skinned and buried the family cat. [...] On the afternoon of Dec. 30,
2014, Christian's grandparents took him for a regularly scheduled visit with a therapist where it was decided the
then-23-year-old needed to find a new psychiatrist. The next day Christian cut off his mother's head. He is crazy
no more. At least not according to the state of Florida. After roughly three years in a state mental
hospital, Christian Gomez, now 27, was declared competent to stand trial on July 9. Facing a life sentence, he
accepted a plea deal that effectively works out to a 25-year sentence followed by 10 years of probation and
treatment. Factor in time already served and the possibility of an early release, and he could potentially be free in
another 20 years or so.
of locked up sex offenders among those granted conditional pardons by Gov. Cuomo so they can vote. Dozens
of convicted sexual predators deemed too dangerous to be returned to the community after their release from prison are among
the thousands who received conditional pardons from Gov. Cuomo, giving them the right to vote, the Daily News has
learned. At least 77 sexual predators sent to civil confinement in state psychiatric hospitals after their prison
time was up are affected by the widespread pardons, various records show.
chokes fellow prisoner to death on Rikers Island. An inmate was killed when another prisoner blindsided him and
choked him inside a facility on Rikers Island Monday [7/16/2018], sources said. Artemio Rosa, 27, came up from behind
the victim while he was sitting down in the Anna M. Kross Center and began to choke him, according to sources. Corrections
officers pried Rosa from the 35-year-old victim and called 911 — but the man collapsed and died before EMTs could
Cop Killer Should Have Been in Jail Due to Drug Charges. Last week, Townhall reported the senseless killing of
Weymouth, MA police officer Sgt. Michael Chesna on July 15th. More than 3,000 people attended a vigil held in
Chesna's honor this past week, but it turns out his alleged killer, Emanuel Lopes, should have been in jail due to violating
the conditions of his bail on a drug-dealing charge from October 2017. The Boston Herald reports that Emanuel Lopes was
arrested in October 2017 for dealing cocaine to minors.
inmate's bloody past comes to light after allegedly killing corrections officer. A one-eyed inmate accused of
killing a Minnesota corrections officer on this week has a history of violence — though his recent "good behavior"
allowed him access to tools and an industrial building where the officer was killed, authorities said Thursday. Edward
Muhammad Johnson, 42, attacked and fatally injured Officer Joseph Gomm with a weapon, authorities said. While authorities
didn't name the type of weapon, reports say it was a hammer. A preliminary autopsy showed Gomm died of blunt force trauma.
The Editor says...
In a more sensible world, killing a prison guard would result in an immediate transfer to death row. Or straight to execution.
The Police State Abolishes the
Trial. Several years ago, the police entered the office of a young professor at a reputable university and
arrested him for an online crime. They took the professor away, booked him, and then offered him a deal: admit guilt
and get off easy. The professor said to the few people to whom he was permitted to speak that this was crazy because he
was innocent. His lawyer warned him: fight this and you could get life; admit guilt and you will get a suspended
sentence. He took the deal. It was a trick. Now he languishes in jail, his life wrecked as far into the
future as he can see. This doesn't happen in America, does it? Yes, it does. Not only that, it is
increasingly the norm.
gets life term for beating 2 children to death, torturing a third. A California man who was convicted of murdering two
young children and torturing another with his lover in 2015, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Gangster State. Consider what we
are watching with our government. News brings word that the US Attorney is dropping charges against the terrorists, who
went on a rampage during the inauguration last year. They announced this in a holiday week, so it would get the least
amount of news coverage. Now, they certainly could have looked into who financed the riot, who helped organize it and
then went after the shot callers, but they never bothered to do that. Instead, they sat on it until people forgot about
it and then dropped the case. Now, we have mountains of laws for dealing with self-defined criminal groups. The
Feds could go after a Lacy MacAuley, who details her activities on-line, in order to figure out who pays her rent. Then
they could go after that person or group. This is basic police work. At the very minimum, the people financing
these terrorists would know they have some exposure, but that never happens. You see, everyone knows who finances
Antifa and other terrorists operations and they have friends in high places.
York Chief Judge: It's time to end cash bail. As the former chief judge of New York, I have seen that
money bail doesn't work. In New York, like most states, a person who is charged with a crime can be required to put
down money as bail, serving as collateral to ensure he or she returns to court. If you can pay, you go home. If
you can't, you go to jail. In other words, if you are wealthy, you can fight your charges from home with the help of
high-end lawyers. If you aren't, you may have to defend yourself from behind bars, represented by a public defender who is
hard-pressed and more than likely overloaded with other cases. In New York City, only 12 percent of the people who have
bail set can pay immediately. The other 88 percent are transported to the infamous jail complex on Rikers Island.
arrested for killing teen getting protection in jail. The eight gangbangers accused of butchering innocent teen
Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz are getting special treatment in jail, according to law enforcement sources. The
men — all variously charged with murder in the 15-year-old's grisly mistaken-identity slaying — have
been moved out of the general population because they are getting threats, sources said. Some are being held at Rikers
Island and the rest at other jails. Each time one of them is moved, all other inmate transfers are put on
hold — and the suspects are accompanied by several correction officers and a captain who film the transfer, the
man sent back to jail after not paying for taxi ride home from jail. Authorities say a Florida man was returned
to jail shortly after his release because he couldn't pay the taxi driver that took him home from the jail. Florida
Today reports that 40-year-old Charles Folk was arrested Thursday morning [6/28/2018] and charged with petty theft. Melbourne
police say Folk hailed a taxi outside the Brevard County Jail Complex in Cocoa shortly after midnight. After traveling
30 miles to his Melbourne home, Folk told the driver that neither his sister nor his roommate could help him pay the
$70 fare. The driver called the police.
wants to know how police can locate any phone in seconds without a warrant. A senator is demanding that the FCC
investigate why a company, contracted to monitor calls of prison inmates, also allows police to track phones of anyone in the
US without a warrant. The bombshell story in The New York Times revealed Securus, a Texas-based prison
technology company, could track any phone "within seconds" by obtaining data from cellular giants — including
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — typically reserved for marketers. The report said former Mississippi
County sheriff Cory Hutcheson used the service nearly a dozen times to track the phones of other offices, and even targeted a judge.
Meant to Monitor Inmates' Calls Could Track You, Too. Thousands of jails and prisons across the United States
use a company called Securus Technologies to provide and monitor calls to inmates. But the former sheriff of
Mississippi County, Mo., used a lesser-known Securus service to track people's cellphones, including those of other officers,
without court orders, according to charges filed against him in state and federal court. The service can find the
whereabouts of almost any cellphone in the country within seconds. It does this by going through a system typically
used by marketers and other companies to get location data from major cellphone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile
and Verizon, documents show.
No Racial Difference in Police Shootings Compared to Crime Rates. Black Americans are not more likely to be
shot by the police than White Americans in proportion to each group's rate of interaction with the police, as measured by
crime rate, a new study argues. The report, by psychologists Joseph Cesario and David Johnson and criminologist William
Terrill, analyzes trends in fatal shootings by police in 2015 and 2016 using a variety of data sources. Measuring
racial disparities in police use of force is a touchy subject. High-profile shootings of black men by police have been
a focal point for Blacks Lives Matter and similar groups, which see such shootings as both endemic of larger police abuses
and an epidemic in their own right.
NYPD's Gang Database is 99% Minorities. The 17,000 individuals named in the NYPD's gang registry are 99 percent
black or Latino, Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea revealed this week, according to the Juvenile Justice Information
Exchange. Shea, testifying Wednesday before the City Council's Committee on Public Safety, was talking publicly for the
first time about one of the department's most popular crime-fighting tools. He said the database is 65 percent African
Americans, 24 percent non-white Hispanics, and 10 percent black Hispanics. He said the average age of those
included is 27 and that 1,460 of those listed are younger than 18.
rise after California reduces criminal penalties. California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and
property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported.
Terrorist Sues the Bureau of Prisons. Add convicted terrorist Rafiq Sabir to the growing list of incarcerated
radical Islamic terrorists who are suing the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for allegedly
violating their rights. Sabir is serving a 25 year sentence after a 2007 conviction for conspiring to provide material
support to al-Qaida. Sabir's attorneys argued "that he was a gullible man" and only pretended to pledge bayat to al-Qaida
to impress someone. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska saw it differently. She felt that Sabir lacked remorse
and imposed the stricter sentence to deter others who would seek to join a terrorist organization.
of pencils, 7 tweezers found inside inmate's 'birth canal': Georgia sheriff's office. Pencils, tweezers and
hair pins were discovered inside a female inmate this week, according to a Georgia sheriff's office. The writing
utensils were captured in a snap the Oconee County Sheriff's Office put on Facebook Thursday [6/7/2018].
The Editor says...
I suspect it was the misuse of her "birth canal" that landed her in jail initially.
percent of federal prisoners are immigrants, DOJ/DHS reports. Immigrants accounted for more than 30 percent of
the federal prison population and nearly all of them are confirmed or suspected illegal immigrants, the government said in a
new report Tuesday [6/5/2018]. The government said it had 57,820 migrants in its prisons as of Dec. 31, Homeland Security
and the Justice Department said in the joint report. Nearly 20,000 other immigrants were held in pretrial detention by
the U.S. Marshals Service, most of them in contracted facilities, costing the government $134 million for just three
months. That works out to nearly $90 a day for each person in those contract facilities. Attorney General Jeff
Sessions said there shouldn't be any illegal immigrants in prisons, because they shouldn't have been in the country in the
becomes the kiss of death for his own handpicked DA candidates. Is Soros money becoming the kiss of death for
candidates who take it? Sure looks like it, based on the miserable poll performance of Soros's little pawn in the San
Diego district attorney's race. [...] Soros, remember, had this master plan to take over district attorney offices in key
cities across America and seed them with his hand-picked anti-law enforcement candidates. The plan was to get people in
office who would let crooks out of jail to effectively reduce the quality of life for the middle-class law-abiding people he
has such a problem with.
Cofounder's Wife Bankrolls BLM Activist Shaun King's PAC. The wife of a Facebook cofounder has provided a bulk
of the funding to a political action committee that was co-founded by Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist Shaun King to target
district attorney races across the country in an attempt to "fight structural racism." Liberal activists and entities,
such as billionaire George Soros and the Color of Change PAC, have quietly flooded local district attorney races across the
country with cash and organizational support in an attempt to overhaul the criminal justice system by electing far-left
DAs. King, who first spoke to media on the formation of the Real Justice PAC in February, told the Huffington Post at
the time that "No position in America, no single individual has a bigger impact on the criminal justice system —
including police brutality, but the whole crisis of mass incarceration in general — than your local district attorney."
DOJ study: 83 percent of prisoners re-arrested within 9 years of release. Last Wednesday, the DOJ released an updated
study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showing that 83 percent of prisoners released by states under jailbreak programs
similar to what the bipartisan cabal is promoting in Washington were re-arrested within nine years of their release. So much
for the recidivism argument for early release programs. Unfortunately, the House was in such a rush to pass this bill even
without a CBO score that the DOJ report didn't come out until a day later.
York cop killer released from prison given right to vote under new Cuomo policy. A cop killer recently released
from prison will get another added benefit of freedom: the right to vote. Herman Bell, 70, who served 44 years
in prison for the murder of two New York police officers in the 1970s, was granted parole last month by the state parole
board. But a fresh decision by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue conditional pardons to more than
24,000 parolees means Bell can vote in the upcoming election.
A First Step
for Prison Reform. The First Step Act establishes new tools for prison management to conduct ongoing risk
assessments of each prisoner, evaluating the likelihood of the prisoner recommitting a crime. The profiling also
establishes a basis for programs and job training to assist in rehabilitation of these individuals. Prisoners
productively participating in these programs, and showing progress in behavior and attitudes, are rewarded with
increased phone time, visits, and transfers to facilities closer to their homes and families. Those achieving
a low-risk profile of recidivism may be eligible for at-home confinement or for being transferred to halfway houses
for the final period of their sentences.
issues pardons officially giving parolees voting rights. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued conditional pardons
restoring voting rights to more than 24,000 parolees — including cop killer Herman Bell, who was released from
prison last month. The pardons cover 24,086 ex-cons who are currently under parole supervision, the governor's office
said Tuesday [5/22/2018]. Cuomo issued an executive order last month which gave him the authority to issue pardons so
ex-cons could vote while on parole. Bell is among the among the felons whose voting rights were reinstated, records show.
Impact on Abhorrent Behavior. Instead of strongly enforcing the rule of law, liberals purport that people
shouldn't be held responsible for their behavior via formal punishment. This has strangled the justice system for over
two decades. It manifests in failed social engineering experiments like community corrections that allow a violent
repeat offender to walk among the law-abiding public. That does not teach such an offender that their behavior won't be
tolerated. Consequently, such criminals do not learn about their wrongdoings, continue to engage in antisocial
behavior, and reoffend.
AG Sessions Ends Obama's Mixed-Sex Prison Policy. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputies are ending President
Barack Obama's last-minute decision to impose the transgender ideology in federal prisons. Obama's January 2017
transgender policy directed prison officials to allow men to move into women's prisons if the men claim a female "gender
identity." Sessions' revised policy says officials "will use biological sex as the initial determination" when assigning
people to either male or female prisons, according to the policy document published May 11 by Buzzfeed.
Driving Mile Rule and Restoring Congressional Intent to Truth in Sentencing Law. The crux of the bill is that
it would require the implementation of evidence-based recidivism reduction programming in federal prisons and allow eligible
offenders to earn time credits to serve part of their sentence in home confinement, halfway houses, or community
supervision. It also has other long overdue provisions, mostly related to prisoner re-entry into society. The
bill is modeled after the reforms in more than 30 states, including Georgia and Texas, to reduce recidivism and enhance
No Life-Without-Parole Presumption for Juveniles. North Carolina's highest court says there's no legal
presumption young people convicted of first-degree murder should receive life in prison without parole.
Annual Cost of Detaining Illegal Alien Exceeds Average American Income. The federal government paid a "bed
rate" of $127.82 per day to house each illegal alien detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fiscal 2016,
according to ICE data published in a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Even if you do not count the
extra day in that leap year, that works out to $46,654.30 for each detention bed occupied by an illegal alien for 365
days. The approximately $46,654 it cost to house a detained illegal alien for 365 days in fiscal 2016 was approximately
$104 more than the average income for Americans 15 and older that year — which, according to Census Bureau Table
PINC-01, was $46,550.
inmate sues prison over witchcraft rights. A transgender inmate is suing a North Carolina prison, saying it's
blocking her from practicing witchcraft.
crime by juveniles up sharply since Broward County adopted PROMISE program. Broward County's PROMISE program
(which stands for Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Supports & Education) coincides with
higher levels of violent crime among juveniles, even as levels of such crime have been falling statewide. Broward
County adopted the PROMISE program in 2013 at the urging of the Obama Education Department. As Ed pointed out last
month, based on a story by Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations, the move away from arrests even for repeat offenders
appears to help explain why school shooter Nikolas Cruz was able to engage in violence and even bring bullets to school
without any arrests or legal consequences. Sunday, Sperry published a follow up looking more broadly at the results
of the PROMISE program. He found those results don't match up with the claims of its supporters.
inmates go on hunger strike after feces-throwing sparks lockdown. Several inmates at a Texas prison north of
Houston are on a hunger strike after their unit was locked down because they were berating guards and throwing feces, the
Houston Chronicle has reported. The hunger strike began Friday [4/13/2018] after inmates at the Wynne Unit in
Hunstville [sic] were put on lockdown for "an uptick in infractions, including verbal abusiveness toward officers and
'chunking,' or throwing bodily fluids," according to the Chronicle. Officials said the 17 inmates
participating in the strike are being monitored by medical staff; 156 total are on lockdown.
in D.C. Focus on 'Restorative Justice' for Juvenile Offenders. D.C. Chief Deputy Attorney General Natalie
Ludaway said all of the District of Columbia's prosecutors consider themselves "progressive prosecutors." [...] Using the
example of a young person stealing someone's smartphone, Ludaway touted the benefits of the district's Alternatives to the
Court Experience (ACE) Diversion Program. Ludaway said the young person might be arrested for the crime and "generally
held in lock-up, and then that morning our prosecutor goes through the list and really making very quick decisions of how
that youth should be treated." "If the youth receives diversion, we work with a program called ACE diversion and ACE
diversion, for $4,000, for that youth, $4,000 over a 6-month period, that youth, instead of entering the criminal justice
system, will be given mentorships, mental health, monitoring in school; sometimes it means being able to go to activities, to
museums," she said. According to Ludaway, the $4,000 diversion estimate compares to probation at $40,000 and
confinement at $70,000.
The Editor says...
I'd rather see the government spend $40,000 and keep the thief out of circulation for a while. He wasn't going to the
museum anyway. Moreover, there is no such thing as "mass incarceration." There's never a trial at the county
courthouse at which 500 juvenile defendants are convicted at once. Large prison populations exist because this
country has so many godless, fatherless, poorly educated and amoral young men who act like baboons.
inmates killed at South Carolina maximum-security prison after hours of fighting. Gang-related fights over
territory and over cellphones and other contraband provoked nearly eight hours of rioting at a maximum-security prison in
South Carolina, where seven prisoners were killed amid the chaos, state corrections officials said Monday [4/16/2018].
All the dead at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville were killed by their fellow prisoners, and were mostly stabbed
or slashed with homemade knives, authorities said. An additional 17 inmates were injured and treated at hospitals.
South Carolina prison riot leaves seven
inmates dead. Seven prisoners have been killed and at least 17 others injured in a riot at a maximum security
prison in the US state of South Carolina, officials say. Violence erupted at the prison facility on Sunday evening
[4/15/2018] and was brought under control in the early hours of Monday. "This was all about territory, this was about
contraband," the South Carolina Department of Corrections said.
says torching victim can testify from beyond the grave at boyfriend's trial for her murder. A woman who died
after being set on fire by her boyfriend will testify at his murder trial from beyond the grave. Judy Malinowski, 33,
died in August 2017, two years after being torched by her boyfriend Michael Slager outside a gas station near Columbus, Ohio,
in June 2015 but recorded a video in hospital before she lost her fight for life. Slager goes on trial for her murder
in July, and in a rare move, a judge has allowed the interview Malinowski gave from her hospital bed to be heard by the
jury. The judge ruled Friday [4/13/2018].
teen turns down 25-year plea deal, gets sentenced to 65 years instead, and laughs. An Alabama teen laughed
Thursday as a judge sentenced him to 65 years in prison for murder and theft after he rejected a plea deal that would have
given him 25 years behind bars. Lakeith Smith, 18, of Montgomery, Ala., was sentenced to 65 years by Judge Sibley
Reynolds for "felony murder, armed burglary, second-degree theft and third-degree theft," FOX8 LIVE reported. Smith
smiled and laughed while being sentenced at the Elmore County courthouse. He had turned down a plea deal that would
have recommended he spend 25 years in prison on the charges.
Sunday Massacre' killer freed from prison and believed to be living in New York. The killer who took the lives
of eight children and two young mothers in 1984 in Brooklyn in what has been called the 'Palm Sunday Massacre' has been
released from prison, despite multiple denials of parole. Christopher Thomas, now 68, was convicted of the mass
shooting and sentenced in 1985 to 25-50 years, but was released on January 5 and is now believed to be living in
Queens, New York.
delivering contraband to prisons [is] a budding problem. A package of contraband covered in grass clippings
that was dropped by a drone at a Panhandle prison is one of the most recent examples of inmates using advanced technology to
smuggle illegal items behind prison walls.
is the death penalty for drug-traffickers controversial? President Trump is proposing that the death penalty be
used for drug-traffickers. Most of the reporting I have seen presents that as a controversial, radical, dictatorial
proposal. [...] I would think CNN and other supposed journalists point out that the death penalty for drug-traffickers has
been on the books since 1988 and was greatly expanded in 1994, when Democrats controlled the government, but they seem to
either forget or intentionally ignore the actual laws.
Lawmaker Blasts State Board for Paroling Double Cop Killer. A New York City lawmaker ripped the New York State
Parole Board for agreeing to release a former Black Liberation Army member convicted of murdering two NYPD officers.
State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) said the board's membership was recently shuffled and that the members were
nominated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D).
DOJ Forced FBI To Delete 500,000 Fugitives From Background Check Database. The Justice Department under Barack
Obama directed the FBI to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National
Instant Criminal Background Check System, acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich testified Wednesday [3/14/2018]. Fugitives
from justice are barred from buying a firearm under federal law. But what is a fugitive from justice? That definition
has been under debate by the FBI and the ATF. According to The Washington Post, the FBI considered any person with an
outstanding arrest warrant to be a fugitive. On the other hand, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
defined a fugitive as someone who has an outstanding arrest warrant and has crossed state lines.
Works to End Bail Payments for Criminal Defendants in California. Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who has been
pushing for President Donald Trump's impeachment and recently spent $3 million to register Latino voters, also is working
hard this week to resuscitate a California state bill that would end the process of demanding thousands of dollars in cash
bail from suspected criminals.
25 cities where
crime is soaring. Violent crime is a broad designation consisting of the most egregious infractions —
aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. According to the FBI, there were 386 violent crimes for every 100,000 people
in the United States in 2016. While the crime rate has fluctuated slightly in recent years, the incidence of violent crime
in the United States remains effectively unchanged from half a decade ago. The national violent crime rate does not tell
the whole story, however. Crime is a local issue, and in some parts of the country, violence is surging.
Admits: U.S. Town Where Guns Are Required Has Had Only 1 Murder in 6 Years. CNN admitted in a report on
March 6, 2018, that a Georgia town requiring gun ownership has only seen one murder in six years and maintains a violent
crime rate of less than two percent. CNN reports that Kennesaw, Georgia, adopted an ordinance in 1982 requiring the
head of every household to "maintain a firearm." CNN suggested the law requiring gun ownership is not actually enforced,
but it simultaneously reported that the town of Kennesaw has only witnessed one murder in the past six years. In other
words, just the common knowledge that guns are in the hands of law-abiding citizens appears to restrain the actions of criminals.
in Chicago cop's death got off easy for major parole violations, records suggest. The suspect who allegedly
gunned down Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer near City Hall earlier this month received an unusually light sentence for
major parole violations in 2007, court records show. The documents, reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times, reveal that
Bauer's accused killer, Shomari Legghette, dodged up to 30 years in prison when he was booked for the violations that
year. At the time of his 2007 sentencing, Legghette was on parole following an armed robbery conviction that landed him
a 16-year sentence, and prison time from 1998 to 2005.
a list of 23 crimes now dominates California's debate over prison punishment. California has a long history of
mixing crime and punishment with raw politics. But outrage doesn't always translate into coherent policy, and
unintended consequences can spark even more public anger. With that in mind, consider the last two years of debate over
what should, and should not, be a "violent" crime. That debate begins with the index of crimes in section 667.5 of the
California Penal Code. The list was first enacted in 1976, and has been tinkered with so many times it's hard to say
whether it's a fair representation of the most heinous crimes.
ends bail for illegal aliens. The headline in the Washington Times was close but no cigar: "Illegal
immigrants have no automatic right to freedom, Supreme Court rules." Oh they have a right to freedom. Just not
here. They are free to go home in the paradises they left behind. President Trump is helping them get home.
"Immigrants being held for deportation don't have an automatic right under the law to post bond and be set free, the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a decision that could give the Trump administration more freedom to pursue stiff detention
policies for illegal immigrants who show up at the border claiming asylum," Stephen Dinan of the Times wrote.
unsolved murder by state. News reports based on FBI statistics show that somewhere between 35%-40% of homicides
in the US go unsolved in the US today. Uniform Crime Reporting data, available at the state level (excluding Florida),
show that right at one-third of homicide offenders remain racially unidentifiable.
Top ten rates of unsolved murder by state
District of Columbia 56.1%
New York 44.0%
Rhode Island 42.0%
New Jersey 41.8%
Up initiative seeks to keep mentally ill out of jail. So the Lorain County Board of Mental Health and the
Lorain County Sheriff's Office along with several community partners ranging from local police departments and the court
system are participating in an innovative program aimed at intervention and redirection. According to the national
Stepping Up initiative, each year more than two million people suffering from severe mental illnesses find themselves
incarcerated turning county jails into makeshift psychiatric facilities and making it more difficult for those in need to
receive the care they need.
York City prison guard seriously injured in attack by 6 inmates, authorities say. In what authorities said was
a premeditated beatdown, a gang of six Rikers Island prison inmates attacked a New York City correction officer Saturday
[2/10/2018]. The unidentified 39-year-old officer was hospitalized in serious condition, Michael Skelly, a spokesman for
the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, told the New York Post. Media reports said the officer had suffered a
broken neck or "fractured spine."
Latent within the idea of gun control is the notion that guns increase aggregate danger, and if prohibited, police and other
professionals might easily protect the disarmed populace from any remaining guns, as well as other risks. This is a dubious
hope. We have relatively few police in this country, and they are spread very thin, particularly in rural areas. As the
saying goes, "when seconds count, the police are minutes away." As a general matter, police investigate crimes after they are
completed. Their deterrent effect consists primarily in the general threat of detection and incarceration.
San Francisco Prisons
Implement Reforms Giving Transgenders Special Treatments. San Francisco prisons formally announced they are implementing
a policy for transgenders that will respect their gender preferences, house them in the cells of their chosen identity, and offer other
gender identity services. The San Francisco Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday [2/21/2018] that inmates who identify as
transgender, gender variant or non-binary will be able to choose a name and gender identity upon entering the prison. They will
also get to determine if a man or woman will search them before they're admitted into the prison, according to CBS San Fransisco.
Third, and Fourth Chances — at What Price? The deincarceration movement, which would return thousands of convicts
to American streets, presents a threat to public safety. Repeat offenders already commit a substantial portion of the nation's violent
crime — according to one study, 53 percent of killers have at least one prior felony conviction. They will be walking the streets
in greater numbers if deincarceration advocates have their way. Consider a few examples. In October 2017, Radee Prince shot and
killed three people in Maryland. Prince, it turns out, had 42 prior arrests and 15 prior felony convictions. [...]
York City prison guard seriously injured in attack by 6 inmates, authorities say. In what authorities said was
a premeditated beatdown, a gang of six Rikers Island prison inmates attacked a New York City correction officer Saturday
[2/10/2018]. The unidentified 39-year-old officer was hospitalized in serious condition, Michael Skelly, a spokesman for
the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, told the New York Post. Media reports said the officer had suffered a
broken neck or "fractured spine."
California Starting to Circle the Drain? I recently became a crime victim for one of the few times in my
life. My car was burgled while I was up in the Bay Area on my weekly sojourn to the Peoples Republic of Berkeley.
I say "burgled" rather than "broken into," because there was no smashed window, or picked lock, nor did I leave the car
unlocked. Rather, I was the victim of a clever gang of organized car burglars in the Bay Area who are using
sophisticated scanners to copy and boost the key-fob signal for recent model keyless entry and ignition cars. Once you
latch on to the signal, the car door unlocks at the touch of your hand, as people with such models know. [...] This kind of
activity is epidemic in the Bay Area right now. There were 30,000 car thefts reported in San Francisco last year (much
higher in the Bay Area as a whole). The police are doing very little about it.
Weave Hid Coke, Meth, 78 Doses Of LSD. A Pennsylvania inmate had 78 doses of LSD, cocaine, methamphetamine, and
a glass pipe stashed under her hair weave, contraband the woman apparently smuggled into the lockup following a prior arrest,
according to court records. Carema Lashandra Brown, 29, was booked into the Jefferson County jail on January 5 after
she was charged with two felony theft counts. Unable to post $60,000 bail, Brown was detained at the jail in Brookville,
a borough about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Within a week of Brown's arrival, jail personnel began investigating
the distribution of narcotics inside the facility. During questioning, two female inmates — whose recorded phone calls
indicated they had been using LSD — confessed that they obtained the acid from Brown.
of slain Pizza Hut robber angry that victim used a gun against him. Self-defense is regarded as a right
deriving from natural law. But that offers no justification to the parents of Michael Grace, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, who
was shot to death while attempting to rob a Pizza Hut. [...] I may be an extremist, but it seems to me that if one decides to
commit a crime, the victims should have more rights than the perpetrator, especially the right to defend themselves from the
presumption of violence that accompanies a robbery, home invasion, or other property crime.
'War on Crime' has failed. Here's a better battle plan. Since President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on
Crime" in 1965, politicians have been embracing tough-on-crime policies every election cycle. Unfortunately, this has
exacted a horrific toll. The U.S. crime rate has never fallen below 1965 levels, and the incarceration rate now
approaches that of North Korea. What 50 years of uninterrupted bipartisan tough-on-crime policies have produced is a
16 percent higher crime rate, a near doubling of violent crime, and thousands of murders. The population equivalent of
Houston is behind bars, while the public is less safe than a half-century ago. Lady Justice has cast her scales aside
in disgust and fallen on her sword.
The Editor says...
"The public is less safe that a half-century ago" because there are not enough people behind bars, and
more violent criminals enter this country every day.
Other factors include poor
the Ferguson Effect,
violent movies and video games, and fatherlessness.
Highest Crime and Misdemeanor. Is there sufficient decency and courage in the midst of Washington's swamp to compel the pursuit of
justice wherever in the Ruling Class it leads and then to prosecute the lawbreakers — whomever they are? First, it's vital to understand
that when you give a pass — or worse you give multiple successive passes — to lawbreakers, you not only protect those who violated the law,
but you empower and encourage would-be lawbreakers to do the same or worse. Second, when laws are not enforced they cease to have meaning.
Muslim rapist sues state over failure to provide sharia meals. An inmate has sued Oregon Department of
Corrections staff for failing to serve meals that observe his Muslim faith. Rashid Kambarov, 29, who is serving a
sentence for rape, filed a complaint this week in U.S. District Court in Pendleton. He is a legal permanent resident
from Turkey and is incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. He is suing the superintendent of
Two Rivers, Troy Bowser, and other administrators at the prison.
Real Gender Gap: Family Breakdown and Black Males. Data from the state of Virginia shows a strong association between single
parent households and violent crime. [...] According to the Heritage Foundation, black illegitimacy rose exponentially halfway through the
1960s. This is precisely when the perverse incentives of Johnson's "War on Poverty" were being implemented.
could go wrong? NY to give tablet computers to 51,000 prison inmates. Good news for every inmate in New
York State prisons: Each of you will soon be receiving your own tablet computer. The free tablets for all 51,000
state prisoners are being sold to the public as an opportunity to educate prisoners for a law-abiding life when their
sentence is completed. Although inmates will not have uncontrolled Internet access, prison system officials say the
individual devices will help prisoners keep in touch with their families and become better prepared to reenter lawful society.
The Editor says...
I thought that was what the weight room was for.
Guard rape conviction overturned after court's scathing attack on women-packed jury. The nation's highest
military court has thrown out the 2012 rape conviction of a Coast Guard enlisted man because admirals and prosecutors packed
the seven-member jury with five women, four of whom held jobs as advocates for victims of sexual assault. In a 5-0
ruling that could change how the military conducts sex abuse trials, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces unleashed
caustic criticism of all involved. [...] Ten jurors were selected, and seven of them were women. Of those jurors, five
women and two men heard evidence, deliberated and rendered a verdict. Of those five women, four were assigned as
advocates for victims of sexual misconduct.
destroy an Ohio prison with broken metal furniture in violent riots. Teenage inmates at a Ohio juvenile prison
have been caught on camera destroying the facility during a violent riot. Six inmates have since been charged over the
January 8 incident at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center in Cleveland. The sheriff's department SWAT team
was called in after the teens — aged 14 and 15 — used broken metal furniture to smash security glass and
barricade themselves into cell blocks.
The Editor says...
who fled country after fatal Tampa DUI crash gets 15 years in prison. Many of William Angel's family and
friends were willing to forgive Christopher Ponce for taking his life in a wrong-way drunken driving crash. But in
2013, Ponce cut off a court-ordered electronic monitor and fled. For the victims, that made a difference.
in California prison hospital riot after crackdown on child porn. In the case of Coalinga State Hospital,
located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles around 57 miles southwest of Fresno, it was opened in 2005 as a
self-contained, 1,286 beds, psychiatric hospital with a security perimeter. Most of the hospital's forensically
committed patients are sexually violent predators. Red Pill reports for The Goldwater that on January 14, 2018,
patients at Coalinga State Hospital overtook the facility in a major riot after hospital staff removed all electronics
equipment from the patients due to the widespread sharing and distribution of child pornography. The staff deprived the
patients of access to the Internet — and to child porn — as a result of a Department of State Hospitals
emergency regulation that blocks the patients' "possession, viewing, and distribution of illicit materials" by barring them
from possessing digital memory storage devices such as flash drives or thumb drives, hard drives such as those in computers,
memory cards, digital media players, and digital media burners. Prior to the crackdown, "patients," including convicted
violent sex predators, were allowed compact disc and digital video disc players, as well as Internet access — in a
make the case for 'a world without prisons' in new Black Lives Matter memoir. Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha
Bandele, authors of the new book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, are self-described
"prison abolitionists." [...] Khan-Cullors, a cofounder of the Black Lives Matter hashtag and subsequent movement, called upon
acclaimed journalist and author Bandele to compose the memoir. The pages reveal the racial profiling and police brutality
that Khan-Cullors and her family have experienced, the circumstances that led to the formation of one of the most controversial
civil rights movements, and the way in which her narrative of black liberation has been branded as "terrorism."
women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001. Most of their killers got away. Over the last 17 years,
at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago and their bodies dumped in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage cans,
snow banks. Arrests have been made in only a third of the cases, according to a first-ever analysis by the Tribune. While
there are clusters of unsolved strangulations on the South and West sides, police say they've uncovered no evidence of a serial killer
at work. If they are right, 51 murderers have gotten away with their crime.
of Imprisonment for Black Adults Falls 29% Over Decade. The rate of imprisonment for black adults fell almost 30 percent
over a decade, according to a Wednesday [1/10/2018] report from the Department of Justice. The Bureau of Justice Statistics released
its statistics on the United States prison population and the rate of imprisonment among different groups, according to a release from the
bureau. Among its findings was that black Americans' rate of imprisonment declined by 29 percent between 2006 and 2016.
in Fifteen Oregon Prisoners Is a Criminal Alien; Nearly Half Convicted of Sex Crimes. The murder of Kate
Steinle in California highlighted the fact that we have a serious criminal illegal alien problem in this country. Many
of these individuals, after breaking the law to enter the country, go on to commit other crimes — theft, rape, and
even murder. David Olen Cross released a December 2017 report based on Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) data,
announcing that there are "973 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system." Oregon has
14,739 inmates incarcerated in its 14 prisons scattered across the state. "Approximately one in every fifteen prisoners
incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.60 percent of the total prison population," the report said.
According to Cross, all of the 973 criminal aliens currently in the state's prisons were identified by U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE). Anytime that happens, DOC officials will place an "ICE detainer" on the inmate. "After
the inmate completes his/her state sanction, prison officials will transfer custody of the inmate to ICE," he said.
Trump's Murder Report Card. One reason Donald Trump is president is because of the Obama administration's own
goal in setting off a major murder wave in Ferguson in 2014, in an era when both technology and prosperity should have been
lowering the death toll from crime. [...] The FBI won't release its 2017 murder statistics for many months. But to
shed light on the important question of how the Trump administration is doing, I've sifted through year-end local newspaper
reports and police department databases from the 51 biggest municipalities in America. The impact of the Ferguson
Effect is statistically vivid in Ferguson's neighbor St. Louis, where the number of homicides ranged from 113 to 120
from 2011 to 2013. Then in 2014, when the Obama administration and the prestige press took the side of anti-police
rioters in promoting the Michael Brown fake news, homicides jumped to 159. Killings numbered 188 the next two years,
and in 2017 had reached 205 by Dec. 29. While St. Louis used to be the fourth-biggest city in America back
when it hosted the 1904 Olympics, it is now merely the 61st-largest city, with only 311,000 people. So St. Louis'
murder rate (65.8 per 100,000 in 2017) is now 27 times that of increasingly utopian San Diego (2.4), the least murderous
of the country's fifty biggest cities.
Two Thieving Thugs Attempt
Burglary At Detroit Power Station, Get "Shocking" Surprise. I'm sure it won't be long before the families of
these two clowns are suing the city to try to turn this incident into a payday. These guys were trying to steal instead
of working for a living. In my opinion, they got what they deserved for being criminals and for being stupid. I
am curious about whether either of them could read the "DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE" signs posted all around that building.
More whites, less crime.
Take the Wrong Lessons from NYC's Murder Drop. New York City's formerly high-crime neighborhoods have
experienced a stunning degree of gentrification over the last 15 years, thanks to the proactive-policing-induced
conquest of crime. It is that gentrification which is now helping fuel the ongoing crime drop. Urban
hipsters are flocking to areas that once were the purview of drug dealers and pimps, trailing in their wake legitimate
commerce and street life, which further attracts law-abiding activity and residents in a virtuous cycle of increasing
public safety. The degree of demographic change is startling. In Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood,
for example, the number of white residents rose 1,235 percent from 2000 to 2015, while the black population
decreased by 17 percent, reports City Lab. In Bushwick, Brooklyn, the number of whites rose 610 percent
over that same decade and a half; the black population was down 22 percent. Central Harlem's white population
rose 846 percent; the black share dropped 10 percent. In 2000, whites were about three-quarters of the
black population in Brownsville-Ocean Hill; by 2015, there were twice as many whites as blacks. In 2000, whites
were one-third of the black population in Crown Heights North and Prospect Heights; now they exceed the black population
Wrong-footing the NYPD.
New York's city council passed a controversial package of bills this week collectively called the Right to Know Act.
The laws require police to provide business cards to almost everyone they encounter and also mandate that they inform people
of their legal right to refuse being searched. Both policies will raise the transaction costs of policing and undermine
the proven — and legal — tactics that have contributed to the city's sharp decline in violent crime
over the last 25 years. The provision that will require officers to inform investigatory targets of their right to
withhold consent to searches is based on the city council's finding that "many New Yorkers are unaware of their constitutional
rights when interacting with law enforcement officers." The law is thus meant to minimize the consequences of constitutional
ignorance for New York's criminal class, with whom the NYPD often interacts.
US murder capital, NYC close to record low in homicides. Through Dec. 17, the city of 8.5 million people, once
America's murder capital, had recorded 278 killings. That puts it on pace to end this year with killings down 14 percent
from last year, and well below the 333 in 2014, which was the year with the fewest homicides since the city began keeping accurate
crime statistics in 1963.
court: 'Making a Murderer' defendant's confession stands. A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly
overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series from prison,
though one dissenting judge called the case "a profound miscarriage of justice." The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals reviewed Brendan Dassey's claims that investigators tricked him into confessing that he took part in raping and
killing photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after telling detectives
he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach.
Committee Passes Bill Forcing Store Owners to Remove Bullet-Proof Glass Because it's Offensive. What's more
important, protecting the dignity of customers who shop in local liquor stores, or the innocent employees and store owners
who come in every day, knowing that the only thing that ensures they will go home alive, is the bullet-proof glass between
them and the criminal element who enters their store? Well, according to one Philadelphia councilwoman, it's the
dignity of the customers. Philadelphia's Public Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill Monday [12/4/2017]
to ban shop owners from protecting themselves with bulletproof plexiglass.
police reportedly scrap gang database over fear of labels. Authorities in Portland, Ore., are reportedly scrapping their database
of suspected gang members out of fear that these labels will most negatively affect minorities. Portland police, next month, will end its
two-decade-old practice of designating people as gang members or associates following the pressure from the community, The Oregonian reported.
Activists have been trying to abolish the database and gang designations for years, claiming they disproportionately affect minority communities.
If there was ever a candidate for capital punishment, it was this guy:
Manson Dies At 83. Manson was born into and raised in true dysfunction. A reason for his depravity but
never an excuse. Good people have come out of far worse. I can't help but realize Charles Manson was older than
my living grandmother. He also lived to be older than my maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. This is a
travesty and a shame. Better people deserved Manson's longevity.
Manson dead at 83. Manson incurred more than 100 rules violations since 1971, when he and other members of his
so-called family were convicted of killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the
Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. Over the years, he was cited for assault, repeated possession of a
weapon, threatening staff, and possessing a cellphone. Officials have said over the years that he spat in guards'
faces, threw hot coffee at a prison staffer, started fights, tried to cause a flood and set his mattress ablaze.
NYPD cops afraid of 'stopping anyone' under new stop-and-frisk policies. NYPD cops are terrified of "stopping
anyone" under new stop-and-frisk policies, fearing that the brass "won't have our backs," a court-appointed monitor
reported. Attorney Peter Zimroth, who is tasked with implementing court-ordered reforms to the NYPD's controversial
stop-and-frisk program, said officers have been telling trainers that they are unsure "what's expected" of them.
"Officers have said, 'The law is confusing. I don't know what's expected of me anymore,'" Zimroth wrote in a memo to
Manhattan federal Judge Analisa Torres, outlining focus-group feedback ahead of new training procedures.
News: Many Liberal Cities Are Providing Free Legal Help To Illegal Aliens. So, they're getting some
sweet, sweet taxpayer cash to protect people who shouldn't be in the country to start with, which means less cash to deal
with things like cleaning streets. Or dealing with all the violence, especially in places like Atlanta, Baltimore, and
Chicago. According to Neigborhood Scout, Baltimore ranks a 2, with 100 being the safest. Surprisingly, Chicago is
an 11 (it's very big, and the reported crime is confined within small areas). Atlanta is a 2. The other cities aren't
exactly great, either, excepting Santa Ana, which is a 24. That means that 76% of cities are safer. Some are more
about property crime, some are more about violent crime, some are both. Anyhow, this adds to the money already being
appropriated by many cities to provide legal council to illegal aliens, meaning less money for law abiding/legal citizens.
County Jail in Chicago is out of control. The forces of law and order no longer control the streets of Chicago.
[Indeed], they can't even control inmates in the jail. Civil order is collapsing in Chicago. We learn that once incarcerated,
the inmates are controlling the Cook County Jail, and engaging mass behavior so vile that public defenders are refusing to enter and meet
their clients. What follows is so disgusting that readers are cautioned to proceed only if psychologically able to face repulsive
information. [...] But this is a problem that money can't solve. Inmates have lost all respect for civil society and all fear of
punishment, and that is part of the larger problem of the breakdown in civil order in Chicago, on its way to becoming America's first
Third World City.
killer goes back to prison after fourth murder. A Missouri man who served time for a triple homicide nearly 50
years ago before being paroled was sent back to prison after pleading guilty to his fourth murder. Torrance Epps, 79,
pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Tiandra Johnson, 32, while he rolled
his wheelchair through a senior housing complex where he lived on Jan. 19, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Epps told St. Louis Circuit Judge Dennis Schaumann that he shot Johnson because he thought she entered his apartment
with a backup key from the complex's office to steal from him. Johnson was later found dead in a hallway at the
Lafayette Towne senior housing complex.
man going back to prison for another homicide. A 79-year-old St. Louis man who spent several years in
prison for killing three people is going back to prison after pleading guilty in another killing.
Zuckerberg and liberals seek to weaken bail system that keeps us safe. For any liberal to entertain winning the
Democratic nomination for president these days, there are some important boxes to be checked, including taking on America's
system of law and order. Now Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has begun checking the boxes. Zuckerberg has hired
Hillary Clinton's pollster. He's hired Barack Obama's campaign manager. He's even visited the first presidential
caucus state of Iowa. And he's pandering to the left's machine by funding a campaign that aims to get rid of our
nation's bail system.
won't cut prison term of man who pleads obesity. A claim of obesity won't shave time off a Tampa man's prison
sentence. U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday on Friday [12/20/2017] declined to reduce the 76-month term he imposed
Oct. 12 on Stephen Donaldson Sr., 72, for peddling an illegal offshore tax shelter. On Monday, Donaldson's attorney
suggested his client, at 5-foot-9 and 273 pounds, was too fat for his prison sentence, given the likely effect of weight
on his health and longevity.
NFL protests overlook rising, disproportionate black homicide rate. Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline
protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing —
not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime. More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price
with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide
rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines. Using homicide figures from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report
released Sept. 25, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald found that the number of black homicide victims has jumped
by nearly 900 per year since the Black Lives Matter movement took root in 2014. "The majority of victims of that
homicide surge have been black," Ms. Mac Donald said in an email. "They were killed overwhelmingly by black
criminals, not by the police and not by whites."
How the private
prison industry came to California, Part 1. On March 5, 2012, Tom Weil, City Manager of California City,
California, signed a letter to a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale. "Speaking from over 12 years of experience," he wrote,
"you will not find a better partner in the business world." The partner was Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the
most successful for-profit prison company in the United States. Well-established in dozens of jurisdictions but perpetually
battling public distaste, CCA, like any dynamic business, is ever-exploring new opportunities, and there seemed one to be had in rural
Southwest Ranches, Florida. The letter was among a collection of documents recently released by the City of California City.
Big Myth About Dirty Jobs, Minimum Wage, and Illegal Immigration. I have a friend who's a United States marshal, and one of
his duties is to work with people in the federal Witness Protection Program. Over and over again, the protected witness gets a new
location, a new house, a new identity, and then spends the first couple of years going to a community college or some other training program
to develop a skill — since their prior skills might have been either bank robbery or serving as a punching bag for a Mafia
husband — and then when it's time for the final step, nobody will hire them. The marshal is required by law to tell the
potential employer that the new hire is a protected witness with a fake identity — and most bosses say, "No, thanks." But
believe it or not, those are easier placements than the typical ex-convict recently out of state prison on, say, an aggravated assault
charge. One of the cruelest things we do to prisoners is pump them up with the idea that, if they educate themselves in prison and
learn a trade, they will be able to work when they get out. This is a lie. They probably won't be able to work, because, aside
from typical job-interview demerits like too many nasty facial tattoos, that felony conviction automatically eliminates them on most
Vicious Street Thug
Cries Like a Baby When Sentenced. The man being sentenced murdered somebody. During his trial, the
perpetrator smiled, gestured and cursed at the family. during the trial. These are behaviors that might do well on the
street; however the judge showed complete disdain for his theatrics. The man's behavior impacted the judge's view, and
thus her decision. This criminal showed no remorse for murdering somebody. Regardless of the circumstances of the
murder, the man should at least find some humanity for those who were impacted.
releases shocking new data on murder rates hidden by Obama administration. The FBI report adjusts and corrects
numbers released for 2015 during the Obama administration. [...] The FBI report showed that black Americans are more
frequently the victims of murder than whites or Hispanics. Of the 16,964 murder victims registered, 6576 victims were
white, 7881 were black, and 2367 were identified as Hispanic in ethnicity. As for offenders, there were a total 16,914.
Of these offenders, 5004 were indentified as white, 6095 were black; of unknown race there were 5574, other races were 291,
while those of Hispanic ethnicity totaled 1553.
police chief: FBI is wrong. Detroit is not most violent city in U.S.. Newly released FBI statistics
paint Detroit as the most dangerous big city in America. One former FBI chief suspects other cities cooked their
numbers to rank better. Police Chief James Craig says the FBI data is flat wrong. "I reject it," Craig said of
the FBI report on Monday [9/25/2017], saying his own data using a new software system shows violent crime in Detroit went
down 5% in 2016, and has been trending downward since 2013.
is again the most violent city in the USA. Detroit regained the title as the most violent big city in America
in 2016, witnessing more murders last year than Los Angeles, which has four times as many people, according to new FBI crime
figures released Monday [9/25/2017]. But Detroit Police Chief James Craig disputed the FBI's numbers, stating: "Just
because it's coming out of the FBI" doesn't mean it's accurate. "I reject it," Craig said of the FBI report, saying his
own data using a new software system shows violent crime went down 5% in 2016, and, has been trending downward since 2013.
accused of shooting Yonkers officer got probation last week on gun charge. While Yonkers Police Officer Kayla
Maher recovered from a bullet to the face, PIX11 News learned on Tuesday that one of the teenagers charged in the shooting,
and who was shot himself in the exchange, had been released by a Bronx judge last week in another weapons case that involved
a semi-automatic gun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a machete. Frank Valencia, 18, of New Rochelle, received
probation and youthful offender status when he was sentenced by Judge George Villegas of Bronx Supreme Court on Sept. 20.
The light sentence was meted out over the objections of prosecutors representing the Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.
crime rising throughout US, FBI says. The report says increases in violent crime were happening in suburban
areas and cities of all sizes, ranging from those with populations below 10,000 to those with populations of more than
250,000. It added that rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all showed an uptick in 2016.
who shot cop was loose thanks to judge's slap on the wrist. The Yonkers cop who was shot in the face during an
ambush Monday [9/25/2017] left the hospital to the cheers of fellow officers — as it emerged Tuesday that the teen
who allegedly blasted her was free thanks to a Bronx judge's leniency.
who punched principal in face gets sweet deal from judge. A hot-headed teen got a slap on the wrist Friday for
slugging a Manhattan principal who told him to turn down his music. Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson granted Luis
Penzo, 19, youthful offender status and sentenced him to a conditional discharge — as long as he stays out of
trouble for three years he'll dodge prison and a criminal record. "You made us very proud," the judge said of the surly
teen's compliance with a family therapy program. Penzo, who sauntered into Manhattan Supreme Court Friday [9/22/2017]
wearing a white T-shirt and red gym shorts, offered no apology for the October 2016 beatdown of Principal Matthew Tossman.
and America's Real Crime Rate. The NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, in its annual report on
crime, finds that the murder rate in America's 30 largest cities rose 13.1 percent in 2016 — an alarming figure,
especially considering last year's identical increase. Striking a calming note, the Brennan Center's press release
accompanying the report begins by reminding us that "Americans are safer today than they have been at almost any time in the
past 25 years." But downplaying the recent uptick in the homicide rate distracts from the fact that there is more
than one America when it comes to violent crime: indeed, 51 percent of all U.S. murders are committed in just
2 percent of the nation's counties, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. No city more starkly
illustrates this disparity than Chicago.
Sex Offender Registries Unconstitutional? A ruling coming out of a federal court in Denver this week could lead
to a significant change in how the country deals with convicted sex offenders. Judge Richard Matsch heard a case
involving three convicted sex offenders who were protesting having all of their personal information published on a public
sex offender registry. Rather than ruling on whether or not the three could have their details removed (which was all
that was requested), Matsch ruled that the entire registry was unconstitutional. This one is going to be appealed and
if it makes it to the Supreme Court it could impact the laws in pretty much every state in the union.
catch 14 armed robbers and looters amid flood emergency. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he is not going
to tolerate criminals taking advantage of people in the community during such a devastating time. He said his officers
arrested 14 alleged looters since Sunday [8/27/2017]. Those arrested will face stiffer punishments under a Texas law
providing heftier penalties during a crisis, prosecutors announced Tuesday [8/29/2017].
Chicago, people get away with murder. In some years in the 1960s, the police solved murder cases at a rate of
higher than 90 percent. But high murder clearance rates are just a memory. Since Jan. 1 of this year, more
than four out of every five murders in Chicago have gone unsolved. That's a shockingly low number, perhaps even a historic
low. On what grading curve is 20 percent anything but utter failure? Since 2006, the city's murder clearance rate
has dropped steadily, with just a couple of notable bumps up. Fewer arrests mean more killers on the streets. More
killers on the streets mean nobody is quite as safe. And when killers are not caught, others are less afraid to kill.
Push Back Against Crossdressing Men in Female Prisons. Surprise, surprise. Women, whose interests
liberals loudly claim to represent, don't like it that perverted men who dress in women's clothes have been forced upon them
in prisons in order to advance the liberal agenda.
Hospitals Grapple With $6B Issue:
Inmates Ingesting Foreign Objects. American medical professionals are weighing an issue that costs taxpayers
about $6 billion a year: prison inmates intentionally swallowing foreign objects like forks, steak knives, razor blades,
paperclips and pens. Medical ethicist Brendan Parent came across the problem in early 2016 while making rounds at NYU
Langone Medical Center facilities. He found that certain inmates from Rikers Island had been admitted to NYU facilities
five, six or seven times after voluntarily ingesting foreign objects on separate occasions. Though swallowing objects
is a common form of smuggling contraband into prisons, Parent said that was not an issue with the cases he came across.
He instead questioned the conditions at Rikers, a New York City facility with a history of inhumane treatment and living
conditions. He suggested in a recent interview that inmates are ingesting objects to momentarily escape, even if the
hospital visit is only a two- to four-day stay.
Women. Why aren't there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1.
We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn't fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must
be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real differences between genders.
are 22 percent of federal prison population. A stunning 22 percent of the federal prison population is immigrants who
have either already been deemed to be in the country illegally or who the government is looking to put in deportation proceedings, the
administration said Tuesday [8/1/2017]. [...] The 22 percent is much higher than the population of foreign-born in the U.S. as a
whole, which is about 13.5 percent. All told, the government counted more than 42,000 aliens in federal prisons as of
June 24. About 47 percent already face final deportation orders, making them illegal immigrants, and 3 percent
are currently in immigration courts facing deportation proceedings.
still doesn't apply to private prisons. What right to privacy do for-profit prisons have? Should it be
closer to those of a company like Hilton Hotels or Lockheed Martin, or closer to that of the governments alongside which they
provide their incarceration services? Through the Freedom of Information Act and equivalent state laws, the operations
and artifacts of the government's activities are made available to citizens and businesses. This level of openness,
though, severely flawed as it is in practice, often doesn't extend to the private businesses, contractors, non-profits, and
other entities with whom government agents share their work. Among these are major prison companies, like GEO Group and
CoreCivic, and a slowly-shrinking group of lesser known businesses focused on managing lock-ups at a cost they claim is less
than that these agencies would otherwise be paying. Since their inception, this built-in barrier to accountability has
bothered opponents of prison privatizations.
examples of why the bail bonds industry is badly in need of reform. One man put down his car as collateral for
a $1,420 bond to get his brother out of jail. Shortly after, he then learned that ICE had put a detainer on his
brother, and he would be deported, rendering the need for bail moot, since bail doesn't apply in those cases. Did the
bail bond company promptly release his car?
man freed after 11 years in jail without a trial. A Mississippi man who has been in jail for 11 years without a
trial for the alleged murder of his father soon will be released. Police say Steven Jessie Harris was arrested in October 2005
for the murder of his father, Malichi Randle. He was indicted with 11 different counts including murder in 2006, but a later
ruling declared him incompetent to stand trial after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott says
Harris at the time went on a crime spree shooting his father and cars. He also allegedly carjacked and stabbed a driver.
Deputies pursued Harris and the spree ended in a shootout with police injuring three deputies, according to police.
The Editor says...
Obviously the man needs to be locked up, but not without due process.
thief found dead in O.C. jail cell he shared with suspected double-murderer. A car thief killed earlier this
month at Orange County Jail shared a cell with a suspected psychotic double-murderer, leading the victim's attorney to
question why two men with such different criminal histories were housed together.
dealer arrested after calling police to report stolen cocaine. David Blackmon probably won't go down in history
as a criminal mastermind, at least judging by the ridiculous reason for his arrest. The 32-year-old "self-proclaimed
drug dealer" stunned police in Florida when he called 911 to report his cocaine had been stolen, along with some cash.
Chicago To Make
Bail More Affordable. On Monday [7/17/2017], the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill. issued an order stating
that judges are prohibited from setting bails higher than a defendant can afford. For felony defendants, this will
begin Sept. 18, but those facing misdemeanor cases will have to wait until January. "I think people who are arrested
will be given the full recognition that they are presumed innocent," Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, who signed the
order for the new policy, told the Chicago Tribune.
The Editor says...
If they are presumed innocent, why were they arrested? If you commit a crime, you are guilty.
Immigrants Face Criminal Charges for First Offenses. Migrants who are caught crossing the border illegally for
the first time are now facing criminal charges in federal court in Arizona as the Trump administration steps up efforts to
deter illegal immigration.
Many of Us, the War on Drugs Is Not Real. For instance, did you know that America spends over $51 billion per
year on this war against drugs? Did you know that about 1.25 million Americans are arrested annually for drug possession?
That 643,000 of them were only in possession of marijuana? That since 2006, over 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug
war? You probably did know that, more or less. These are facts — we know about "mass incarceration," for
instance — and I do not dispute them. But there are different ways to know something, distinctions that make all
officer deaths on duty have jumped nearly 20 percent in 2017. The ambush shooting that killed a New York City
police officer in the Bronx marked the latest in a growing number of officer deaths in 2017, up 18 percent from this time
last year. A total of 67 officers have died so far this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial Fund. It found there were 57 officer deaths between January 1 and July 5, 2016. In addition,
gun-related deaths have risen by 9 percent, from 22 to 24 for 2017, the researchers say. The figures suggest
a grim trend; 2016 was the deadliest year for police in 5 years. A total of 135 officers died last year.
Who Is Keeping
Score On Obama's Failed Pardons? As expected, the black beneficiaries of Obama's mass pardon/commutations are
already returning to whence they came. As reported by myself and others over the last few years [...], Obama commuted
the sentences of a whopping 1715 federal inmates and outright pardoned another 212. These pardons were heavily weighted
to black drug offenders. The reason he gave was a belief that the justice system was rigged against his fellow
African-Americans. It seems that Carole Denise Richardson[,] one of his fellows who needed a second chance, is back in
custody for theft and according to authorities, "Richardson violated five separate terms of her release including failing to
report that she was arrested, that she'd been terminated from a job for failing to show up and that she had changed her address."
inmate recaptured 32 years after escape. Arkansas authorites said Sunday [6/25/2017] that they had apprehended
an inmate who had been on the run for more than three decades. [...] Dishman escaped from the Cummins unit in rural Lincoln
County on May 28, 1985 while serving a 7-year sentence for theft of property and burglary convictions in Washington County.
woman freed from life sentence by President Obama is back in prison. A Texas woman who was freed from a life
sentence last year after President Obama granted her clemency is behind bars again. According to the Houston
Chronicle, Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was arrested for theft in Pasadena, a Houston suburb, and violated other
conditions imposed when she was released from prison. "This defendant was literally given a second chance to become a
productive member of society and has wasted it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato said in a statement released by his office.
The Editor says...
Like it or not, there are people who should stay in prison forever because they think like criminals, act like criminals, and
will always be criminals.
man jailed for a decade without trial awaits decision from judge. An Alabama man who has been jailed on a
murder charge for the last 10 years without a trial could soon learn his fate. Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin
Moulton heard arguments in a case involving Kharon Davis on Tuesday [6/6/2017] in Dothan. Davis was arrested and charged for
the murder of Pete Reaves in June 2007 at an apartment in Dothan, the Dothan Eagle reported. Davis' attorney Thomas Goggans
argued his case should be dismissed because he was previously represented by a lawyer with a possible conflict of interest in the
case. His previous attorney, Ben Meredith, had a son who was going to testify as a witness for the prosecution.
Deaths in Private Prisons Explode Under Trump. Men and women held by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement are on pace to die at
double the rate of those who died in ICE custody last year, a Daily Beast review of ICE records found. And most will die in privately run
facilities. Eight people have died in ICE custody in the 2017 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, 2016. That's almost as many
as the 10 who died in the entire 2016 fiscal year. All but one of the deaths this year, and all but two last year, occurred in privately
run prisons. Nine of the 18 deaths occurred at facilities run by GEO Group, the nation's second-largest private prison company.
Heroin dealers deserve
prison, not sympathy. The deadly poison that is heroin made its way to your small town from Mexico, where it was grown and processed,
later to be trafficked to your neighborhood where its target customers were someone's children, parents, brothers and sisters. But right now,
when you open the newspaper or turn on the television, you learn that the person that brought the drugs into your neighborhood, which ultimately made
their way to your child, is considered by many in both the media and the public to be a "non-violent, low-level drug offender."
sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentence thrown out. A federal district court judge has overturned the sentence of
Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two people convicted in D.C.-area Beltway sniper attacks nearly 15 years ago, according to a
ruling released Friday [5/26/2017]. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the sniper-style attacks
committed around the region in October 2002 along with John Allen Muhammad. Ten people were killed and three others
were shot during a three-week period.
Second Secession & America's New Civil War. [Scroll down] Similarly, the animus behind Democratic assaults on Republicans and their support for law
and order as "racist" is the direct consequence of viewing all social disparities through the distorted lens of oppression politics. Thus, the
"over-representation" of African-Americans in the prison system is not because of systemic racism. Police forces have been integrated for decades,
along with the entire criminal justice system. African-Americans are "overrepresented" in the prison population because they are "over-represented"
in the commission of actual crimes. Democrats' embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement and its efforts to cast career criminals as civil rights
victims and law enforcement officials as villains is an inevitable consequence of ignoring the specific circumstances of the incidents under review,
and forcing them into the melodramatic framework of "racism" and "oppression."
Longer prison sentences:
Good for the crime rate, bad for the criminal. Getting tough on serious crime was a central focus of the Trump campaign, and so far
Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, has not disappointed. His latest action, a memorandum to all federal prosecutors amending the Obama policy
of going easy on serious offenders, orders federal prosecutors to charge criminals with the most serious offense that is readily provable — that is,
charge with the crime that carries the most severe sentence — including a mandatory minimum sentence. [...] By directing federal prosecutors to "charge
and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" in felony cases, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions did last week, he is fulfilling the
government's primary responsibility: protect American citizens from harm, and provide them with a safe environment.
Isn't a Nationwide Problem. The vast majority of murders in the United States occur in just a tiny percentage
of counties. In fact, the country can be divided up into three types of places: those where there are no murders; those
where there are a few murders; and those where murders are very common. In 2014, the most recent year that a county level
breakdown is available, 54 percent of counties (with 11 percent of the population) had no murders. 69 percent of
counties had no more than one murder, and about 20 percent of the population and only 4 percent of all murders in the
country. The worst 1 percent of counties have 19 percent of the population and 37 percent of the murders in 2014.
The worst 2 percent of counties contain 47 percent of the population and accounted for 51 percent of the murders.
68 percent of the murders occurred in only 5 percent of counties.
arrests are plummeting across California, fueling alarm and questions. In 2013, something changed on the
streets of Los Angeles. Police officers began making fewer arrests. The following year, the Los Angeles Police
Department's arrest numbers dipped even lower and continued to fall, dropping by 25% from 2013 to 2015. The Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Department and the San Diego Police Department also saw significant drops in arrests during that period.
has fewer arrests, but not necessarily less crime. The number of arrests by police in California has plunged in
recent years, but that doesn't necessarily represent good news on crime, according to an analysis published Saturday [4/1/2017].
Not Federal Prisons, They're Factories With Fences. It is immoral, not to mention economically self-defeating,
to permit into U.S. markets goods made by prison labor overseas. So why isn't it just as immoral and just as self-defeating
to flood the marketplace with products made by prison labor here in America?
sex reassignment inmate says women's prison is 'torture'. The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex
reassignment surgery says she's been mistreated since being transferred to a California women's prison, where she now has a
beard and mustache because officials have denied her a razor.
judges & others who left alleged EMT killer walking free. Just what does it take to get a ticking-time-bomb
thug off the streets? That searing question is prompted by news that the man charged with the murder of an EMT last
week had no business walking free — yet officials failed to rein him in. At just 25, José Gonzalez
already had 31 arrests, including violent incidents, before his fatal run-in with EMT Yadira Arroyo. Reports also say
he was a Bloods gang member. Yet a Mayor de Blasio-tapped rookie judge, David Kirschner, still gave him a free
pass — just three weeks before the fatal encounter.
Why wasn't this man permanently locked up?
EMT Yadira Arroyo's killer is a Bloods gang member with 31 prior arrests. The man arrested for running over FDNY emergency medical
technician Yadira Arroyo and killing her after stealing her ambulance in the Bronx has a long arrest record and a history of mental illness, sources
said. Jose Gonzalez, 25, who goes by the nickname "Breezy Blood" and is a Bloods gang member, has 31 past arrests — plus six other
contacts with cops related to mental illness or injury, according to police sources. He lives in Fordham Heights in the Bronx.
mother-of-three beaten to death with a wine bottle by a parolee robber at the liquor store she owned. A mother-of-three
liquor store owner was bludgeoned to death with a wine bottle at her store on Thursday [3/2/2017], during a robbery carried out by a
parolee. Police were called to Char's South Ave Wine and Liquor around 5pm and found owner Charlotte Lahr suffering from severe
trauma to the upper body. Police and firefighters tried to revive the mother-of-three at the scene but she died. Parolee
Kevin Quander, 59, was arrested the next day for her murder and for robbing the store.
Illusion of Freedom: The Police State Is Alive and Well. [Scroll down] In fact, the American police state has continued to advance at the same
costly, intrusive, privacy-sapping, Constitution-defying, relentless pace under President Trump as it did under President Obama. [...] For-profit private prisons haven't
stopped locking up Americans and immigrants alike at taxpayer expense. States continue to outsource prison management to private corporations out to make a
profit at taxpayer expense. And how do you make a profit in the prison industry? Have the legislatures pass laws that impose harsh penalties for the
slightest noncompliance in order keep the prison cells full and corporate investors happy.
The revolving door at the prison is a problem for all of us.
member accused of killing Whittier cop had cycled in and out of jail, records show. The gang member accused of
killing a Whittier police officer Monday [2/20/2017] has cycled in and out of jail for repeatedly violating the terms of his
release, records show. L.A. County sheriff's homicide Capt. Steve Katz on Tuesday identified the suspect as
Michael C. Mejia, 26, a career criminal with a history of drugs and violence. Mejia has a "history of control
problems," Katz said. Mejia is suspected of killing Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer and wounding another officer in
a shootout following a crash involving a stolen vehicle.
gangster shot LA cop dead in murderous rampage after he was released from prison early. The first picture has
emerged of the face tattooed gangster who killed a Los Angeles cop and wounded his colleague when they found him in a
crashed, stolen car after allegedly murdering his cousin. Michael Mejia, 26, shot dead veteran police officer Keith
Boyer, 54, on Monday morning when he approached him at the scene of a crash in Whittier, around 23 miles south east of
central Los Angeles.
A Rundown of All the Looting and Robbery Incidents That Occurred During the Oroville Evacuation. There's a lot
to worry about when a disaster strikes your community. You have to make sure that your friends and neighbors are going
to be okay. You have to make sure that you have plenty of food, water, and medical supplies. You may even have to
prepare to evacuate your home and leave most of your valuables behind. And while you're focused on making sure that you
and your loved ones are prepared to ride out that disaster, you can rest assured that there will always be some predatory
person in your community who is preparing to take advantage of your situation. That's the ugly truth about disasters,
natural and man-made, that everyone needs to understand. When everyone else is panicking or gathering supplies or
hunkering down or running away, there's always someone watching the chaos and thinking "there's an opportunity for me here."
Michigan prisoners face
harsh penalties for throwing bodily fluids at guards. Inmates at Michigan jails will soon be seeing a new sign
around their facilities warning them that throwing bodily fluids at working guards is a felony punishable by an additional
five years behind bars. The Officer Dignity Initiative will take effect this month and will add five years to the
sentence of any inmate that throws food, urine, blood, feces, spit or other bodily fluids at a guard.
Just like Stalag 13:
have been sneaking in and out of Atlanta prison for years. Inmates trying to break out of prison is nothing
new. But inmates breaking out, then breaking right back in? It's apparently been happening for years at a federal
facility in Atlanta. Back in January 2013, the Atlanta Police Department started investigating inmates "temporarily
escaping" from the medium-security US Penitentiary in the city, according to court documents filed in what appears to be the
latest unapproved furlough. Cops believe the inmates escaped through holes cut in the prison fence. Officers
first noticed a car parked near the prison fence line. The people inside wore ski masks and jumpsuits. When cops
approached, the suspects climbed the fence and ran back onto prison grounds, court records show.
share their secrets on who they target and why. Muggers often don't care how old their victims are or if
they're robbing a man or a woman. They're also not concerned about being seen on surveillance cameras. Those
revelations are some of the results of a survey of convicted robbers conducted by NBCNewYork.com.
freed early from life sentence by Obama back in jail. A San Antonio man who was freed from life in prison by
President Barack Obama is back behind bars after allegedly crashing his vehicle into another motorist and undercover police
cars while fleeing from a drug deal Thursday [2/2/2017].
freed early from life sentence by Obama back in jail. A San Antonio man who was freed from life in prison by
President Barack Obama is back behind bars after allegedly crashing his vehicle into another motorist and undercover police
cars while fleeing from a drug deal Thursday [2/2/2017]. Robert M. Gill, 68, whose life sentence for cocaine and heroin
distribution conspiracy was commuted by Obama and expired in 2015, was profiled last year in the Express-News about his
readjustment to life on the outside.
Donald Trump and Friends Can Crush the Great Crime Wave. [Scroll down] Under Chief Justice Earl Warren,
the magnification of technicalities went into overdrive. With Mapp v. Ohio (1961), the Warren Court
extended the exclusionary rule to state prosecutions, and with Miranda v. Arizona (1966), it added to the right
of a suspect to remain silent a right not to be questioned and a right to receive helpful legal advice from detectives whose
true job is to solve crimes. Decided on a 5-4 vote and perhaps the most controversial ruling of Warren's tenure,
Miranda provoked three bitter dissents, which make interesting reading for anyone of Roosevelt's or Cardozo's bent of
mind. And then there is the interdiction of the death penalty, a series of rulings starting with Trop v.
Dulles (1954) that traduced the original meaning of the Eighth Amendment and, through its multifarious restrictions and
requirements, has made the condign punishment of capital crimes virtually impossible.
killer first U.S. inmate to get state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a
life sentence in California became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner's
attorneys confirmed Friday [1/6/2017].
Horton: A Fake News Story That Refuses to Die. To merit his life in prison, Horton robbed a 17-year-old
gas station attendant, fatally stabbed him 19 times, and dumped him in a trash can to die. Twelve years later, despite
a life term without parole, Horton received a weekend furlough, during which he knifed, blinded, and gagged a man in Maryland,
raped his fiancée, and stole their car. Dukakis supported the furlough program even after this incident. So
perversely liberal was the idea that Al Gore cited the Horton incident in his primary campaign against Dukakis. The Bush
campaign did not show or name Willie Horton in the ad it produced on this subject. The ad showed prisoners passing through
a revolving door while telling how liberal Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis had supported this program.
of the Free, Home of the 33,000 Violent Street Gangs. The FBI says that altogether, the United States is now
home to about 33,000 violent street gangs, with a presence in all 50 states. There are an estimated 1,350 gangs in Los
Angeles alone. [...] There are a total of 1.4 million criminally active gang members across the country. That means for
every two sworn law enforcement officers in America, there are three gang members. The number of violent gang members today
is 40 percent higher than in 2009, and 25 times higher than in 1975. And the figure keeps growing each year.
in 5 D.C. Killers Were Set Free by "Sentencing Reform". Sentencing reform, a euphemism that the pro-crime lobby
uses to mean going soft on criminals, is championed by the left and by some elements on the right. [A recent] Washington
Post story shows the terrible effects of sentencing reform on the victims of criminals freed to rape and kill. [...] The mythical
"kid just locked up for smoking pot once" touted by sentencing reform advocates is just that. A myth. The system is
full of repeat offenders who take advantage of every loophole thanks to their lawyers and then continue committing more
crimes, going in and out of the system.
terrifying truths about our criminal justice system. [#1] The Constitution may not apply: Ironically,
once a person has been taken into the custody of the state, a whole swath of that Supreme Law of the Land may not
apply. There's no definite verdict yet on how much an inmate is allowed to express under the First Amendment, though
it's pretty clear that censorship is permitted of both the materials he or she receives and reads and is allowed to
send. Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure don't apply in your cell or even in your home when on
probation, where a search can be conducted by a probation officer without a warrant. And multiple state prison systems
themselves have been deemed in violation of Eighth Amendment guarantees against cruel and unusual punishment by virtue of
their terrible medical offerings. Package that up with explicit prisoner carve-outs in the Thirteenth Amendment for
slavery and in the Fourteenth Amendment permitting their denial of the vote, and you've got a situation in a majority of the
country where to be in prison is to effectively be in political exile.
7 Ugliest Propositions on the California Ballot. [For example,] Prop. 57 — Jerry Brown's "Let's Put
Violent Criminals Back On The Street" Act is a terrible measure. Don't be fooled by the false and misleading ballot
title and summary that leftist Attorney General Kamala Harris put on this one — it will reduce prison sentences
for many, many violent criminals and put them back on the streets. Worst of all — the sentencing
"reforms" in it are retroactive — so victims of violent crimes trying to recapture some dignity and meaning in
their lives will be re-victimized because of this cruel and dangerous ballot measure.
The Clinton Record.
[Scroll down] Consider some highly noteworthy facts: In 1990, when there were about 1,149,000 prisoners in penitentiaries
nationwide, there were 1,820,130 violent crimes committed that year, including 23,440 murders. In 2014, when there were 2,208,000
inmates in penitentiaries nationwide, a total of 1,197,987 violent crimes were committed that year, including 14,249 murders. So,
even as the population of the United States grew by 28% between 1990 and 2014, the incidence of violent crimes declined by 46%, and the
incidence of murders fell by 39%. These numbers suggest that putting more criminals in prison has helped to spare at least a
million people per year from being victimized by violent crimes, and to save at least 9,000 people per year from being murdered.
If we look at the numbers from this perspective, incarceration suddenly doesn't look like such a bad thing, does it?
Numbers Reflect Growing Pot Tolerance. FBI statistics released last week show that the number of marijuana
arrests in the United States, after rising slightly in 2014, fell by 8 percent last year, reaching the lowest level in two
decades. The total was nevertheless more than twice the number in 1991, before a nationwide cannabis crackdown that
peaked in 2007. The number of marijuana arrests has fallen more or less steadily since then, reflecting a growing consensus
that cannabis consumers should not be treated as criminals.
The Editor says...
The article immediately above is slightly misleading, in my opinion. The number of arrests is down, but that's because in Texas,
possession of small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor that is handled like jaywalking: A citation is issued and eventually the defendant
pays a fine. And in other states, like Alaska, Oregon and Washington (for example), mere possession is no longer illegal. The statistics
have nothing to do with tolerance.
Mac Donald Fact-Checks Hillary Clinton on Systemic Bias and Stop-and-Frisk. Outside of academia, the legal
profession is second to none in its leftward bent and racialist worldview; and its conservative members believe in equal
protection under the law. Participants in the system, particularly the judiciary, would not tolerate a situation in
which black defendants were, as Clinton alleges, being given more severe sentences than white defendants for the same
criminal conduct. Federal sentences (and sentences in most states) are computed under race-neutral guidelines that
factor in both offense conduct and criminal history. The more crimes one commits, the heavier the sentence
for any one crime. This is a recidivism thing, not a race thing.
Admin Slows Immigration Prosecutions, Increases Weapons Charges. The number of new federal criminal
prosecutions have hit their lowest level in nearly a decade, helped by declines in white collar and immigration
prosecutions. That's according to Justice Department data recently analyzed by the Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. As TRAC details, the 9,118 federal criminal prosecutions the government undertook
in July are the fewest since July 2007. The July 2016 tally represented a 15.5 percent decline from June and continued
this fiscal year's ongoing downward trend.
Pardons, Not Just for Low-Level Offenders Anymore. On Tuesday [8/30/2016], the Obama administration granted
presidential commutations to 111 federal inmates — including Oakland's Darryl Lamar Reed, a.k.a. "Lil D."
So Reed stands out as the rare Californian to win a commutation, as well as an exception to the criteria for Obama's 2014
Clemency Initiative. Then-Deputy U.S. Attorney General James M. Cole explained that inmates applying for a sentence
reduction should be "nonviolent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large-scale criminal organizations, gangs or
cartels." Former Alameda County prosecutor Russ Giuntini was appalled to see Reed's name on a commutation list.
"This is not a guy that got caught up in the draconian federal sentencing guidelines," Giuntini wrote in an email.
Lil D is the kind of guy "the guidelines were made for. He headed the largest dope organization in Oakland,"
which was responsible for a lot of carnage, was caught "red handed" processing some 20 kilograms of cocaine into
crack — and thus landed in the federal pen.
California city is paying people not to commit crimes. A San Francisco suburb is testing a controversial
strategy to combat the gun violence that's plagued the community — paying people not to commit crimes. The
experiment known as "Advance Peace" is being conducted in Richmond, Calif., and works like this: The 18-month
fellowship hires convicted felons to "court" troubled youth — who so far have avoided arrest due to lack of
evidence — with offers of cash and out-of-town vacations if they mend their ways. If, after six months,
a "fellow" in the voluntary program begins to achieve specific goals, they can earn up to $1,000 a month.
noodles replacing cigarettes as US prison currency, study finds. The level of care inside America's prisons,
and particularly the quality of the food, has fallen so far prisoners are using ramen noodles as their preferred form of
money for buying and selling goods and other favours, a new study has found. The emergence of ramen noodles as a sort
of cell-block currency in place of cigarettes is evidence of what Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate at the University
of Arizona, calls the new "punitive frugality" that has taken hold in a prison system that is intent on cutting costs.
The Editor says...
Here is some free advice: Prison is bad. Perhaps you should do whatever is necessary to avoid incarceration.
Department Says Poor Can't Be Held When They Can't Afford Bail. Holding defendants in jail because they can't
afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first
time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court. It's the latest step by the Obama
administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed cash bail amounts and jailing those who can't pay.
US announces end of private
prison use. The US Justice Department has announced its intention to stop using private prisons, after a recent
audit concluded that private facilities are both less safe and less effective than government ones. US Deputy Attorney
General Sally Yates circulated a memo instructing officials to either stop renewing contracts for private prison operators,
or to "substantially reduce" the contracts' scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is "reducing — and ultimately
ending — our use of privately operated prisons." "They simply do not provide the same level of correctional
services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the
Department's Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security," Yates added.
administration to end use of private prisons. The Justice Department says it's phasing out its relationships with private
prisons after a recent audit found the private facilities have more safety and security problems than ones run by the government.
than 100,000 defective combat helmets made by federal inmates put soldiers' lives at risk — and cost the
government $19 Million. Defective combat helmets made by federal inmates in Texas put soldiers' lives at
risk. The poorly-manufactured helmets were produced for the US military using prison labor and later failed ballistics
tests, the Justice Department's Inspector General said Wednesday [8/17/2016] in a report. Nearly 150,000 of the helmets
were manufactured between 2006 and 2009, when the White House ordered 'surges' in combat troop levels in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Poorly supervised inmates also used dangerous, improvised tools such as makeshift hatchets, which could
easily have become weapons.
in jails are the fastest growing incarcerated population, study says. The majority of those women entering jail
are black and Hispanic, mirroring demographic trends that cross gender lines. Women, however, tend to enter jails in
more vulnerable situations than men, as a higher percentage of women in jail were using drugs, unemployed or receiving public
assistance at the time they were arrested.
The Editor says...
If the intent of this article was to make me feel sorry for the women in prison, it didn't work.
travelers' federally indicted in sweeping fraud probe. Twenty-two Augusta area residents, many known as "Irish
travelers," were named Tuesday in a 45-count federal indictment on charges of racketeering and other criminal activity
related to the group's alleged scams. According to allegations in the indictment, the defendants operated out of Murphy
Village, near North Augusta in Aiken County, and committed a number of fraudulent schemes to obtain life insurance benefits,
food stamps, Medicaid funds and fraud involving vehicle financing. The travelers, which founded Murphy Village,
self-identify as roving laborers and salesmen who offer an array of door-to-door services, according to the indictment.
Gun Owners Are Least Likely Criminals, Report Finds. Concealed-carry permit holders are nearly the most
law-abiding demographic of Americans, a new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center says — comparing the
permit holders foremost with police. "Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere
near as law-abiding," says the report, titled "Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016." From 2007
through 2015, permits issued by state and local governments increased by 215 percent, to more than 14 million Americans,
according to the data.
Dealer Freed Early Under Obama Plan Murders Woman, 2 Kids. This week a grand jury in Franklin County returned a
10-count, death-penalty indictment against the ex-con, 35-year-old Wendell Callahan, for the triple murders. Callahan
broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and stabbed the three victims, according to a statement issued by Franklin County
Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announcing the indictment. The bloody crime scene was discovered by the woman's current
boyfriend, who subsequently engaged in a fight with Callahan before he fled. [...] Callahan should have been in jail when the
crimes occurred, but he was released four years early because federal sentencing guidelines for crack dealers got reduced.
The change is part of President Obama's effort to reform the nation's justice system as a way of ending racial discrimination.
For some people, being in prison isn't that bad.
FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to
prison. A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the
building and sit down to wait for police, authorities said Friday [7/29/2016].
Unfair to the jury:
rules Neo Nazi can cover up his white supremacist face tattoos to hide them from the jury in his armed robbery trial. A white
supremacist is being allowed to cover up his Neo Nazi face tattoos as he goes on trial for armed robbery. Bayzle Morgan is accused of
stealing a man's motorcycle at gunpoint in Las Vegas, Nevada, in May 2013. But prosecutors are concerned that jurors will not give the
24-year-old a fair hearing when they see his numerous Nazi-themed face tattoos, Review Journal reports.
The Editor says...
Apparently the definition of "a fair hearing" is a hearing most likely to result in a positive outcome for the defendant.
the Deadly World of Private Prisoner Transport. Every year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects — many of
whom have not been convicted of a crime — are entrusted to a handful of small private companies that specialize in state and local
extraditions. A Marshall Project review of thousands of court documents, federal records and local news articles and interviews with
more than 50 current or former guards and executives reveals a pattern of prisoner abuse and neglect in an industry that operates with almost
no oversight. Since 2012, at least four people, including [Steven] Galack, have died on private extradition vans, all of them run by
the Tennessee-based Prisoner Transportation Services. In one case, a Mississippi man complained of pain for a day and a half before
dying from an ulcer. In another, a Kentucky woman suffered a fatal withdrawal from anti-anxiety medication. And in another,
guards mocked a prisoner's pain before he, too, died from a perforated ulcer.
Felons Are Trying to Get Their Gun Rights Back in Virginia. As congressional Democrats spent the week pressing
for the passage of new gun control legislation, violent felons in Virginia were able to take steps towards having their right
to own a firearm restored thanks to action taken by the state's Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. When McAuliffe
restored the voting rights for 206,000 felons in a move critics say was politically motivated, he also opened the door for
those felons to have their right to own a firearm restored. Previously, felons would individually have to petition the
executive branch to have their civil rights restored. Petitioners would have to fill out an application to the
secretary of the commonwealth and submit a letter to the governor explaining why they deserve to have their rights restored.
The Editor says...
I can see where a state might restore a convicted felon's rights after a period of 15 or 20 years of good behavior,
post-incarceration, but to forgive and forget as soon as his prison sentence is completed is reckless and highly premature.
The lasting stigma of a felony conviction is supposed to be part of its value as a deterrent.
Spends More on Medical Care for Inmates than Seniors, Veterans, Military Personnel. President Obama has
repeatedly demonstrated that there's an extra special place in his heart for incarcerated criminals, but this is a bit
much. The administration spends a lot more money on the medical care of jailed convicts than retired seniors on
Medicare, active U.S. military personnel or veterans, including an extra $100 million in one year alone, according to a
federal audit released this month. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) consistently pays outside doctors and hospitals
more to treat inmates than Medicare or other federal agencies would pay for the same services, according to the report which
is the result of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General investigation.
Effect' is a plausible reason for spike in violent US crime, study says. A new justice department-funded study
concludes that a version of the so-called "Ferguson Effect" is a "plausible" explanation for the spike in violent crime seen
in most of the country's largest cities in 2015, but cautions that more research is still needed. The study, released
by the National Institute of Justice on Wednesday, suggests three possible drivers for the more than 16% spike in homicide
from 2014 to 2015 in 56 of the nation's largest cities. But based on the timing of the increase, University of Missouri
St Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld concluded, there is "stronger support" for some version of the Ferguson Effect
hypothesis than its alternatives.
vows to continue to stalk TV reporter when sentence expires. A man who was being sentenced for stalking a
Philadelphia news reporter vowed Wednesday [5/25/2016] to continue to stalk the woman once his 15-year term ends.
Christopher Nilan, 32, made the promise after he received his sentence for stalking a female KYW-TV reporter, The Delaware
County Daily Times reported.
The Editor says...
This is the sort of person who should be locked up indefinitely. He has made his criminal intents known, and the state
can either keep him in custody or try to follow him around wherever he goes.
Who Killed Auburn Officer Had Attacked Police Before. State officials said 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano had been
released from the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, a maximum-security prison, on Nov. 1, 2013, after serving
time on a list of charges, including cocaine trafficking, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, two counts
of resisting arrest, and selling, using or possessing a firearm silencer. [...] "When you have an Incorrigible criminal,
someone who just doesn't cooperate whether they're in jail or out of jail, the criminal justice system doesn't know what to
do with them to be honest with you," [Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed] Davis said.
City after City Seeing Rising Crime Rates. [T]his phenomenon is simply the most important development in police
work since the advent of data-driven police work some 25 years ago. In 1990 there were 2,245 murders in New York City;
in 2014 there were 328. In Los Angeles, there were 1,092 murders in 1992; in 2014 there were 260. More than any other
factor, it was data-driven police work, carried out by well-trained, well-informed, and well-motivated cops that brought these
grim numbers to their currently more tolerable levels. But now it's all being undone, and in city after city the trend is
once again pointing toward higher crime. America's police officers are today just as well trained and informed, but they
are less motivated to do the proactive police work that keeps criminals in check.
Obama To Decriminalize
Criminals. [Scroll down] Rather than blame the system they set up or the criminals themselves, Obama
blames the criminal justice system. In a speech last July at the NAACP convention our president, the "social justice
warrior," said that our criminal justice system was neither smart enough nor fair enough. "It's not keeping us as safe
as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be. Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need
to do something about it," Obama declared. Really? How "smart" does it need to be. The legislature passes
laws, the president signs them at the justice system does what it is told to do — dispense justice. It's
neither fair nor unfair. It's impartial, or supposed to be. You break the law — you go to jail.
10 Most Dangerous Lies About Criminal Justice "Reform". Myth #5: We have a big government culture of
over-criminalization that threatens liberty. Fact: Absolutely. There are plenty of frivolous regulatory
crimes on the books. And none of that is addressed in this legislation or in any of the ongoing "bipartisan"
negotiations. This is all about promoting the ACLU's agenda for hardened criminals. As it relates to our culture
of violent crime, witnessed by the recent spike in crime across the nation, we do not do enough to combat it. Ordered
liberty is built upon government doing a few things well, one of which is law enforcement. Returning to pre-Reagan
crime levels where people are restricted in their movements and activities due to the paralysis we are now seeing in places
like Baltimore, represents the highest level of tyranny. Crime, lawlessness, and fiscal dependency policies undermine
liberty in the inner cities, not sentencing and incarceration.
doesn't think rapists, armed robbers, drug dealers are 'criminals'. It's only May, but I think I've found the
euphemism of the year: According to Team Obama, criminals should now be declared "justice-involved individuals."
The neo-Orwellianism comes to us from the bizarre flurry of last-minute diktats, regulations and bone-chilling threats
collectively known to fanboys as Obama's Gorgeous Goodbye. In another of those smiley-faced, but deeply sinister, "Dear
Colleague" letters sent to universities and college this week, Obama's Education Secretary John King discouraged colleges
from asking applicants whether they were convicted criminals.
Our criminal justice system imprisons too many criminals. [President Obama's weekly remarks] Today, there are
some 2.2 million people behind bars in America. Millions more are on parole or probation. All told, we spend
$80 billion taxpayer dollars each year to keep people locked up. Many are serving unnecessarily long sentences for
non-violent crimes. Almost 60 percent have mental health problems. Almost 70 percent were regular
drug users. And as a whole, our prison population is disproportionately black and Latino.
The Editor says...
By and large, the people in prison are there for good reasons. It may be true that a wholesale marijuana distributor or
a serial burglar may be "non-violent" criminals, but there are minimum-security facilities and halfway houses for people like that.
Talk to someone who works as a prison guard, and you will quickly learn that there are thousands of people in this country who are
behind bars because they need to be.
Next? Voting Absentee from Prison? [Scroll down] Supporters of the plan like to talk about how
these individuals have "paid their debt to society," only in this instance these 44,000 are still making payments in the form
of probation or parole. This is like allowing a layaway customer to take possession of the Xbox before he's made the
last payment. Come to think of it, some of these future Democrat votes may be on probation or parole because they took
the Xbox without making any payments. [Governor Larry] Hogan originally vetoed the bill because he harbors quaint notions
about the need for consequences to follow when someone breaks the law. He felt that no one put a gun to the criminal's
head and made them take up a life of crime. On the contrary the people with the guns to their heads were the
law-abiding. Forfeiting the right to vote until they paid their entire debt to society was only right and proper.
have too much power. Juries should rein them in.. If there's strong evidence that you've committed a crime, there's still hope.
Despite the evidence, those responsible for convicting you may choose to let you go, if they think that sending you to jail would result in an injustice.
That can happen through what's called "prosecutorial discretion," where a prosecutor decides not to bring or pursue charges against you because doing so would
be unfair, even though the evidence is strong. Or it can happen through "jury nullification," where a jury thinks that the evidence supports conviction
but then decides to issue a "not guilty" verdict because it feels that a conviction would be unjust. Strangely, the former is much less controversial
than the latter.
need to take the law into their own hands. Nationally, most of the people locked up for
drug crimes are African American, in spite of studies that demonstrate blacks don't use or sell drugs more than any other group. We make up
13 percent of the country's population but nearly 60 percent of the people doing time for drug offenses. And an endless series of
videos have shown how black people get policed: the mailman arrested in Brooklyn for yelling at the cops who almost ran him down; the teenage
girl tackled by the cop at a pool party in McKinney, Tex.; Eric Garner, arrested for selling a cigarette in Staten Island and then put in a chokehold
that killed him. Like a lot of African Americans, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I encourage any juror who thinks the police
or prosecutors have crossed the line in a particular case to refuse to convict.
The Editor says...
The Editor does not necessarily agree with all of the opinions expressed in the article immediately above.
Some of them, perhaps, but not all of them.
Supreme Court Candidate Defended Pipe Bomber, Child Murderer. Judge Jane Kelly, who was appointed to the 8th Circuit Court
of Appeals in 2013, is reportedly on President Obama's short list for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia.
Before becoming a judge, Kelly worked for years as a public defender in Iowa. In 2005, Kelly was the appointed attorney for a
26-year-old man named Casey Frederiksen, who was charged with possession of child pornography. Although Frederiksen had previously
been convicted of sexual assault involving a minor, Kelly urged the judge to grant him leniency, arguing that he was not a danger to
others and should be released and allowed to live with his father. Frederiksen was sentenced to 14 years in prison in the
case. A decade later, Frederiksen was convicted of murder and sexual assault in the 2005 cold case killing of 5-year-old Evelyn
prisoner clemency plan faltering as cases pile up. In April 2014, the administration of President Barack Obama
announced the most ambitious clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of jailed drug offenders and other convicts to
seek early release and urging lawyers across the country to take on their cases. Nearly two years later the program is
struggling under a deluge of unprocessed cases, sparking concern within the administration and among justice reform advocates
over the fate of what was meant to be legacy-defining achievement for Obama.
Man charged in North Bergen crash that killed 2 teens driving at 'outrageous' speed. Shock and sorrow
overflowed among relatives and friends who gathered in mourning on Monday [3/7/2016] at the site where two teenagers were killed by a
speeding car in North Bergen over the weekend, as more details emerged about the motorist who is charged in their deaths. Eric
Patterson, 23, of Jersey City had tallied a long list of motor vehicle violations and had racked up 23 license suspensions.
He had last driven legally in September 2014. Law enforcement officials on Monday [3/7/2016] said he may have been traveling
at 74 mph on the 25-mph roadway just before the deadly crash occurred.
The Editor says...
This young man is 23 years old, and has had his license suspended 23 times, prior to September 2014, which was 18 months ago.
If he started driving when he was 16, that means he got his license suspended 23 times in 5½ to 6 years, or about
every 90 days. It would be interesting to read the court transcript from the day his license was suspended for the 21st time.
Surely something was said along the lines of, "We'll give you just one more chance, and then you're really in trouble!"
But no, for whatever reason, the State of New Jersey is determined to keep a license in this guy's pocket — even though he would probably
drive around without one. To me it appears that the judges in New Jersey don't care what you do, or how many times you fail to
learn your lesson, as long as you hire a lawyer and pay the fine promptly. Even for the 22nd time. It's no wonder there's
so much crime in this country. Punishment is hit-and-miss, at best.
Million People Were In Prison Before We Called It Mass Incarceration. October's cover of The Atlantic carries a
headline that, even a decade ago, you probably never would've seen: "The Black Family in the Age of Mass
Incarceration." The 20,000-word article attached to it, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, covers the remarkable growth in the United
States' prison population and its outsize impact on black individuals, families and communities. That Coates's piece
employs the phrase "mass incarceration" 17 times is telling. The term has become ubiquitous in conversations about
prison in the United States. But 10 years ago, barely anybody put the two words next to each other to talk about
what the phrase has come to represent for many: everything that's wrong with the American justice system.
Dealer Freed Early Under Obama Plan Murders Woman, 2 Kids. A convicted crack dealer who left prison early as
part of the Obama administration's mass release of federal inmates has been indicted by a grand jury for fatally stabbing his
ex-girlfriend and her two kids in Columbus, Ohio. The gory crime drew national attention because the children, ages 7 and 10,
were murdered to eliminate them as witnesses in the brutal massacre of their 32-year-old mother. This week a grand jury in
Franklin County returned a 10-count, death-penalty indictment against the ex-con, 35-year-old Wendell Callahan, for the triple murders.
offenses in Manhattan will no longer result in arrests. Under the terms of a new initiative that takes effect
March 7, low-level criminal offenses such as public consumption of alcohol and taking up two seats on the subway for
offenders won't result in arrests or prosecutions — just summonses. "The Manhattan District Attorney's Office
will no longer prosecute most violations or infractions, and the NYPD will no longer arrest individuals who commit these
offenses — such as littering, public consumption of alcohol, or taking up two seats on the subway —
unless there is a demonstrated public safety reason to do so," the agencies said in a joint release with City Hall.
The New California Crime Wave. Something
amazing has happened in California. First, a brief background: Crime rates across the state, after a long period of steady decline, had
reached fifty-year lows in 2014. Then, that November, a 60 percent majority of California voters — presumably incapable of
accepting such good news without a measure of collective guilt — decided that it would be a really enlightened idea to pass Proposition 47,
a ballot initiative bearing the cheery name "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act." The purpose of this measure was to downgrade many types of
drug possession and property crimes from felonies (punishable by more than a year in prison) to misdemeanors (which often entail no prison time
at all). For the benefit of squeamish skeptics, the self-assured proponents of Prop 47 condescended to explain that these reduced
penalties would not only alleviate prison overcrowding, but would also make California's streets safer by placing drug offenders into warm-and-fuzzy
treatment and counseling programs, rather than into disagreeable prison cells. If you think this sounds like a familiar old tune, you're quite
correct. It was #1 on the left-wing hit parade throughout the 1960s, when it became the theme song of skyrocketing crime rates across the United
States. And now the Golden Oldie is back, in the Golden State. The tangible results of Prop 47 were both immediate and breathtaking.
Within a year, there were some 14,000 fewer inmates in California's state prisons and local jails, just as the Proposition's backers had promised.
But the other half of their promise — improved public safety — somehow failed to materialize.
"unprecedented mass forgiveness" of convicts raises more than a few questions. In case you hadn't heard,
California's governor has been on something of a binge in terms of releasing convicts from prison and reforming the
system to be more fair to everyone. Prison reform and rehabilitation vs isolation is all the rage these days it
seems. The Washington Post ran a feature this week on how wonderfully this has been going and it certainly makes
a grade A effort to paint a happy face on these proposals.
D.C. council passes proposal to give residents up to $9,000 in cash not to commit crime. They say crime doesn't pay, but that
might not be entirely true in the U.S. capital as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders. The
D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday [2/2/2016] to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend if they don't
commit any crimes. It's based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to reductions in crime there.
Money Surrendered. The Council of the District of Columbia approved legislation Tuesday [2/2/2016] that would
pay residents in the nation's capital for not committing crimes. [...] The experiment in Richmond, on which the above is
based, involved "sifting through police records to determine the 50 [or so] residents most likely to shoot someone." And
then "approaching them and [offering] a stipend [of up to $1000 a month] to turn their lives around, and a mentor to help."
After four years of being subsidised for not being caught committing any further violent crimes, 65 of the 68
"fellows" enrolled in the programme were "still alive," although "one had survived a shooting and three had died." This
was deemed "promising."
California inmate was ordered deported in 1998, but never left. One of the three violent convicts who escaped from a Southern California jail
Friday [1/22/2016] had been ordered deported to his native Vietnam in 1998, but was able to remain in the U.S. and rack up more criminal convictions.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday [1/26/2016] that Bac Duong, 43, came to the United States legally in 1991 but was ordered removed seven years
later after he served time in state prison for a 1997 burglary conviction. However, the Orange County Register reported that Vietnam routinely refused
requests from the U.S. to accept Duong and other deportees.
Supreme Court justices extend bar on
automatic life terms for teenagers. The Supreme Court ruled Monday [1/25/2016] that people serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers must have
a chance to seek their freedom, a decision that could affect more than 1,000 inmates.
Judge ignored warnings, freed
'slasher'. The career criminal charged with slashing a woman on her way to work in Chelsea was on the streets because a judge ignored warnings
that he's a "high risk" defendant and sprung him without bail on an earlier assault, The [New York] Post has learned. Kari Bazemore is also suspected in
yet another attack on a Bronx woman after Manhattan Judge Laurie Peterson set him free on Dec. 31.
suspect in Washington had been released from prison early, officials say. Officials announced last week that as many as
3,200 prisoners had been mistakenly released since 2002 because of problems calculating sentences. So far, more than two dozen
offenders who need to serve additional time are back in custody, and the Department of Corrections is reviewing additional releases.
Smaller Counties Driving US Jail Population Growth. While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in
small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the U.S. inmate population, according to a new
analysis of 45 years of jail statistics.
suspect hides in Florida lake, where gator eats him. A suspected burglar jumped in a Florida lake apparently hiding from law
enforcement before an 11-foot alligator killed him, investigators said Monday [12/7/2015]. His hand and foot reportedly turned up
inside the animal's stomach. Brevard County Sheriff's Maj. Tod Goodyear says 22-year-old Matthew Riggins told his girlfriend he
would be in Barefoot Bay to commit burglaries with another suspect.
Most violent criminals are Democrats. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said late Monday that most violent criminals also
identify as Democrats. "Here is the simple and undeniable fact — the overwhelming majority of violent criminals
are Democrats," he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" that evening. "There is a reason why for years the Democrats have been
viewed as soft on crime," Cruz continued. "They go in and appoint to the bench judges who release violent criminals.
to Remove Art by Native American Activist Prisoner. The paintings were done in prison by Leonard Peltier, 71, a
Native American activist who is serving two consecutive life sentences in the deaths of two FBI agents during a 1975 standoff
on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
In some countries, the justice system moves with lightning speed:
Kill on the spot': Poll shows most Israelis
support immediate execution for Palestinian attackers. Over 50 percent of Israelis think that Palestinians suspected of
carrying out terror activities "should be killed on the spot," says a new think-tank poll. The hardening stance comes as 6 more
Israelis were injured and 2 attackers killed over the weekend.
Wants You To Refer To Juvenile Delinquents As 'Justice-Involved Youth' Now. It's time to update your
politically-correct jargon, America, because the Obama administration is no longer referring to juvenile delinquents as
"juvenile delinquents." Instead, the new, preferred and totally different term for kids who commit crimes is
"justice-involved youth." Attorney General Loretta Lynch rolled out the term earlier this week in a press release obtained
by the Media Research Center. "The Department of Justice is committed to giving justice-involved youth the tools they need
to become productive members of society," Lynch explained.
Are Now 'Justice-Involved Youth'. They used to be called juvenile delinquents. But not any more. The new term
is "justice-involved youth," a non-disparaging, government-speak phrase that fits with the Obama administration's recent push to give
people with criminal convictions a second chance to become productive citizens. "The Department of Justice is committed to giving
justice-involved youth the tools they need to become productive members of society," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a news release
on Monday [11/2/2015]. Lynch said the Justice Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are launching a
$1.7-million initiative to help Public Housing Authorities and legal assistance groups "reduce barriers for justice-involved youth."
Too many folks in our prisons. [Quoting Barack H. Obama:] ["]Today, there are 2.2 million people behind
bars in America and millions more on parole or probation. Every year, we spend $80 billion in taxpayer dollars to keep people
incarcerated. Many are non-violent offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences.["]
The Editor says...
Really, Mr. President? Name one "non-violent offender" currently living in a state penitentiary.
orders risk review of sex offenders in civil program. Judge Donovan Frank laid out what he says must be done to
fix problems with indefinite detentions that he ruled unconstitutional earlier this year.
Struggle With What to Do With Sex Offenders After Prison. Behind razor wire and locked metal doors, hundreds of
men waited on a recent morning to be counted, part of the daily routine inside a remote facility here that was built based on
a design for a prison. But this is not a prison, and most of these men — rapists, child abusers and other sex
offenders — have completed their sentences. They are being held here indefinitely under a policy known as civil
commitment, having been deemed "sexually dangerous" or "sexual psychopathic personalities" by courts. The intent, the authorities
say, is to provide treatment to the most dangerous sex offenders until it is safe for the public for them to go home.
Drone carrying drugs, hacksaw blades crashes at
Oklahoma prison. A drone carrying mobile phones, drugs, hacksaw blades and other material dangling in a bundle from a fishing line
crashed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester before inmates could grab the contraband, prison officials said on Tuesday [10/27/2015].
The Banana Republic
of America. The American justice system is not without its flaws as we've seen all too many times. A grievous
crime is committed and the perpetrator is never discovered. Sometimes there is a suspect who seems to be the perfect
candidate but a grand jury doesn't find sufficient evidence for the prosecutors to move forward. And in other cases, even if
you get them to trial a jury doesn't see things the same way as the public. (O.J anyone?) In very rare cases a pardon
can be issued and the system seems to have been short sheeted. (Democrats will always cite Nixon for that one.) But all
of these scenarios have one thing in common: the rule of law was followed, the accused were given their fair shot at defending
themselves and the republic managed to stumble along on its way.
The Myth of Criminal-Justice Racism. As President Barack
Obama said in July in Philadelphia: "The real reason our prison population is so high" is that we have "locked up more and more
nonviolent drug offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before." In popular understanding, prisons and jails are filled with
harmless pot smokers. The most poisonous claim in the dominant narrative is that our criminal justice system is a product and a source
of racial inequity. The drug war in particular is said to be infected by racial bias. "Mass incarceration" is allegedly destroying
black communities by taking fathers away from their families and imposing crippling criminal records on released convicts. Finally,
prison is condemned as a huge waste of resources. Nothing in this dominant narrative is true. Prison remains a lifetime achievement
award for persistence in criminal offending. Drug enforcement is not the driving factor in the prison system, violent crime is.
Tragic Let 'em Out Fantasy. It takes a lot more than marijuana or cocaine use to end up in federal prison. But
the truth didn't matter. Mr. Obama's prison tour came amid the biggest delegitimation of law enforcement in recent memory.
Activists, politicians and the media have spent the past year broadcasting a daily message that the criminal-justice system is biased
against blacks and insanely draconian. The immediate trigger for this movement, known as Black Lives Matter, was a series of
highly publicized deaths of black males at the hands of the police. But the movement also builds on a long-standing discourse
from the academic left about "mass incarceration," policing and race.
Life Sentence for James Holmes, Aurora Theater Gunman Who Killed 12. In a decision
that surprised many in this community, a jury sentenced James E. Holmes on Friday [8/7/2015] to life in prison
with no chance of parole, rejecting the death penalty for the man who carried out a 2012 shooting rampage that
killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theater.
man who held 26 kids, bus driver captive in underground trailer gets parole. The governor of California on Thursday
[7/30/2015] allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver
who were held captive in a buried trailer.
children ever tried for first-degree murder set to be released from prison. Curtis
Jones was 12 and Catherine Jones was 13 when the siblings killed their father's girlfriend, Nicole
Speights, 16 years ago. They eventually pleaded to second-degree murder and were given 18-year
sentences. Curtis and Catherine will be on probation for the rest of their lives.
The Editor says...
Unless the penitentiary system works a lot better than I believe it does, I predict they'll both be back in prison within a year.
and Over-Criminalization. Obama recently told Americans that we are locking up too
many people. He meant, by that, that Americans are sending to prison people who are guilty only of
drug offenses and pose no threat to public safety. There is a kernel of truth in what he says.
People who use drugs, like people who drink too much, are not a threat to us unless they are on the highway
or are committing other crimes while under the influence. There is a predictable flaw in this leftist
logic. Look closer at the criminal records of these "non-violent" offenders and, almost always, if
they are in prison, they have a history of violent offenses, or there is a lesser included violent crime
in the underlying sentence, or the offense has been plea-bargained so that the violent nature of the
underlying criminal act is watered down.
was nearly cut in two, missing organs after California prison riot. Homicides are distressingly common in California
prisons. More than 160 inmates have been killed in the last 15 years, and the state has one of the nation's highest
inmate homicide rates.
prison staffers suspended after convicted killers escape. State prison officials
announced a major shake-up Tuesday [6/30/2015] at the maximum-security slammer where two convicted
killers broke out and led authorities on a 23-day manhunt. A "new leadership team" is being
installed at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, with three top-ranking officials and
nine security staffers suspended, according to a statement from the Department of Corrections and
FBI investigating possible
corruption at New York prison. What started as an investigation into how two convicted
murderers managed to break out of a maximum-security prison in upstate New York has now sparked an
FBI investigation into possible broader corruption and drug trafficking at the facility. Prison
employees have told investigators about heroin use among inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility,
and the role of employees in the drug trade, law enforcement officials briefed on the probe told CNN on
over proposed 'police reform' measures. Rank-and-file cops are fuming over several "police
reform" measures [New York] City Council members plan to review this week, including bills that would
force cops to get suspects' consent for searches, imprison police for using chokeholds, and require
cops to give out the Civilian Complaint Review Board's phone number. "These pieces of legislation
have been proposed by individuals who have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish
policy in the dangerous business of fighting crime," PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement
US, over 130 prison escapees on the loose. Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas
prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict
who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.
map shows where in the world you are most likely to be a victim of homicide. A
Brazilian think tank has released a macabre interactive map, which exposes the nations where people
are most likely to be murdered — with Latin American nations coming top. The Homicide
Map, compiled using the most recently available date from 2012, lays bare how a third of the world's
450,000 murders were against victims in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, despite
the fact that less than a tenth of the world's population lives in this region.
Baltimore Six. [Scroll down] From the days of Sacco and Vanzetti on, leftists
had invested a great deal of emotional capital in claiming the guilty innocent. They particularly
liked to declare groups of guilty people innocent — the "Jena Six," the "Chicago Seven
(or Eight)," the "Catonsville Nine." Beginning with the Zimmerman case, they switched tactics and
began to insist the innocent were guilty, a darker turn altogether. Now America has a genuine
collective of the unjustly accused, the six officers that the New York Daily News casually describes
as the "suspected killers" of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Six. But now leftists are the ones
doing the accusing.
Observations About Hillary's Speech on Criminal Justice Reform. I have read Hillary
Clinton's speech on criminal justice reform and have three observations I would like to make.
First, Hillary gave the speech at Columbia University under the auspices of the David Dinkins Leadership
and Policy Forum. Hillary said that Dinkins "leadership helped lay the foundation for the dramatic drop
in crime in the years that followed." Those would be the years that Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
Let me put this way. Would Hillary have walked through Times Square while Dinkins was mayor?
Baltimore unrest, Hillary Clinton calls for police body cameras and an end to mass incarceration.
Amid continuing unrest in Baltimore over the death of a young black man in police custody, Hillary Clinton on
Wednesday [4/29/2015] called for widespread use of police body cameras and an end to mass incarceration during
her first major policy speech since launching her presidential campaign.
The Editor says...
There is no mass incarceration. Every defendant gets his own trial. Incarceration will
stop when crime stops, unless there is some monetary incentive to keep the prisons full. The
judges and court reporters can find jobs elsewhere.
Prisoners, Less Crime. For many reasons, including better policing and more incarceration,
Americans feel, and are, safer. The New York Times has not recently repeated such amusing headlines
as "Crime Keeps on Falling, But Prisons Keep on Filling" (1997), "Prison Population Growing Although Crime
Rate Drops" (1998), "Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction" (2000) and "More Inmates, Despite
Slight Drop in Crime" (2003). [...] Last July , Obama said that "more young black men languish in
prison than attend colleges and universities." Actually, there are more than twice as many
black men ages 18 to 24 in college as there are in jail.
Baltimore proves the need for
'Broken Windows' policing. Here's hoping Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't too busy playing
political games and barnstorming the country to absorb the right lessons from the Baltimore riots.
If he's paying attention, he'll learn a thing or two about policing and that the bloody price of
failed leadership is paid by innocent families and businesses. The disgraceful orders for cops to
disappear or stand by and watch as rioters, looters and arsonists had their way should never be repeated
anywhere again. Nor should any mayor talk, as Baltimore's foolishly did, about giving "those who
wished to destroy space to do that."
new push to excuse lawlessness. Announcing his presidential bid this month, Sen. Rand
Paul said he wants to repeal "any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color."
Fulfilling this promise would require gutting murder statutes, and most other criminal laws, given
the disproportionate black crime rate. But whether or not Paul reaches the White House, a
wide-ranging movement is already under way to transform the criminal justice system in order to
avoid a disparate impact on blacks. This push will jeopardize the country's two-decade-long
Unexpectedly: Crime Rates Begin to Rise
in Los Angeles. I bring you shocking news, gentle readers. If you take thousands of
incarcerated felons and turn them loose on society, and you then allow the federal government and cultural
elites to demoralize the police officers charged with keeping these liberated hoodlums in line, you end up
with higher crime. Who would have dared imagine it? This is the state of affairs in California,
where a succession of imprudent decisions by judges, lawmakers, and the electorate have combined to throw open
the prison gates to swarms of men who in a sane world would have remained locked away at a safe remove from
the law-abiding public.
Ankle monitors are no substitute for the incarceration of violent criminals.
says teen in alleged assault of pizza deliverer wore monitor. A 17-year-old boy charged as an adult in
connection with the alleged kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery of a woman delivering Domino's Pizza in Antioch
was wearing a GPS ankle monitor, prosecutors said Wednesday [2/11/2015]. Darrion Miles Jr., 17, appeared in
Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez on Wednesday on felony charges of forcible rape, sodomy, oral
copulation, digital penetration, kidnapping, robbery and making criminal threats. He did not enter a plea
and was held at juvenile hall in lieu of the $6.4 million bail. Authorities would not say why Miles
had been outfitted with an ankle monitor, but Miles referred to his "po," or probation officer, on his Facebook
page, which is peppered with derogatory references to women.
How to Make Sense of an Incoherent
America. [Scroll down] Lots of college campuses are in so-called dangerous neighborhoods.
East Palo Alto is not far from the Stanford campus. New Haven can still be a perilous place for Yale students.
Many of the Cal State campuses are in iffy neighborhoods. Women alone walking to cars or apartments in these
environs can often be targeted by criminals. Why, then, is there not a greater campus awareness campaign about the
dangers of the street, or at least more attention to insist that felons and convicted rapists are not released early in
college neighborhoods? Instead, more emphases recently have been focused on date rape and other college students.
Leahy on Justice Dep't.: Incarcerating Criminals Doesn't Make Us Safer. During a
hearing on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General to the United States,
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member, Senate Judiciary Committee seemed to suggest that the
Justice Department spends too much money on incarcerating criminals and that such incarcerations
don't keep Americans safer. "Nearly one-third of its budget goes to the Bureau of Prisons,
draining vital resources from nearly all other public safety priorities," said Senator Leahy.
"A significant factor leading to this budget imbalance is the unnecessary creation of more and more
mandatory minimum sentences."
Criminals Can Be Rehabilitated? Imprisoning convicted criminals serves two primary
purposes: (1) to increase the safety of the public by quarantining unlawful offenders, and
(2) to rehabilitate those who are incarcerated through punishment. Point 1 is fairly
straightforward, but point 2 may be food for thought. Recidivism rates in America have been
trending upward, from around 63% in 1983 to around 77% now. This presents a peculiar contrast to
the 40% decrease since 1983 in overall crime.
Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison. California voters appear poised
to scale back the heavy reliance on incarceration they once embraced, with a measure that would
transform several lower-level, nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors punishable by brief jail stays,
if that, rather than time in a state penitentiary. The referendum on Nov. 4 is part of a
national reappraisal of mass incarceration.
inmate dies after attack at prison. A federal inmate serving a 40-year sentence for
child-related sex offenses has died after being attacked at a southern Kentucky prison.
Releases Thousands of 'Lifers' from Prison. California continues to stretch the
imaginations of non-liberals. One unthinkable policy is Governor Brown's policy by which thousands
of presumably dangerous prisoners originally sentenced by juries to life sentences in the slammer
are being set free. A Friday [8/8/2014] radio segment on the California Report was downright cheery
about cons being released into local communities. [...] In other words, don't be scared, little
citizens — the murderers and rapists have been taught techniques in anger management.
Ways The American Police State Squanders Your Tax Dollars. [#8] $6.4 billion a
year for the Bureau of Prisons and $30,000 a year to house an inmate. There are over 3,000 people in
America serving life sentences for non-violent crimes. These include theft of a jacket, siphoning
gasoline from a truck, stealing tools, and attempting to cash a stolen check. Most of the non-violent
offenses that triggered life sentences were drug crimes involving trace amounts of heroin and cocaine.
One person imprisoned for life was merely a go-between for an undercover officer buying ten dollars' worth
of marijuana. California has more money devoted to its prison system than its system of education.
State spending on incarceration is the fastest growing budget item besides Medicaid.
to Defend Ourselves. The U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics
reports that 2012 losses because of personal identity theft totaled $24.7 billion. The money losses
from identity theft pale in comparison with the costs of paperwork, time and inconvenience imposed on the
larger society in an effort to protect ourselves. According to LifeLock, while the laws against
identity theft have gotten tougher, identity theft criminal prosecution is relatively rare. Unless we
develop a low tolerance and a willingness to impose harsh sentences, identity thieves will continue to
impose billions of dollars of costs on society.
Facing legal heat, Texas prison system tries new cooling devices to
ease oppressive temps. The nation's most populous prison system, facing legal actions and criticism about inmates having
to endure oppressive Texas summer heat, is looking to make conditions a bit more bearable at seven state lockups by installing cooling
systems similar to those seen on the sidelines of early-season football games.
Prison: The Benefits are Great!. Some of you may
recall that back in 2002 there was a fair amount of controversy surrounding the California Department of Corrections' (DoC) decision to allow
a life-saving, million dollar heart transplant for an inmate serving 14 years for armed robbery. The DoC reasoned that not doing so
would violate the 1976 Supreme Court ruling that states it's "'cruel and unusual punishment' to withhold necessary medical care from inmates."
The decision by the DoC raised an important question: Should prisoners get transplants ahead of law-abiding citizens?
Court affirms Mass. murderer's
right to get sex change in prison. A federal appeals court on Friday [1/17/2014] upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded
sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a
constitutional right that must be protected "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox."
Alabama Lawmaker Re-Introduces
Castration Bill For Sex Offenders. An Alabama legislator has re-introduced a bill to legalize castration of convicted child molesters
if their victims were under the age of 12 — and make them pay for the procedure. The Florence Times Daily reports that Rep. Steve
Hurst (R-Munford) is proposing the bill for the 2014 legislative session, which begins in January. Hurst attempted to push this bill during the 2013
session, but it did not make it out of committee.
Same Lies, Different Day. By focusing on the gun, and not the
user, the left does not have to address the failure of the criminal justice system to consistently punish illegal gun use. They can ignore, for example,
that prior gun charges against the Navy Yard shooter were not pursued in a liberal criminal justice system that coddles criminals and ignores gun crimes.
Prosecutors in liberal jurisdictions, and perhaps in many jurisdictions, are much more interested in obtaining convictions than actually punishing gun crimes.
For the sake of their stats, they will accept guilty pleas to one of many lesser included charges, perhaps a second degree assault or a disorderly conduct,
and dismiss the gun charges.
Aaron Alexis and The War On Standards.
We often hear from the left that our criminal justice system is broken. Part of what the left, including our Attorney General, means by this is that
too many people are in jail, especially too many Blacks. I take no position in this post about that claim. But in the case of Aaron
Alexis — the Navy Yard mass murderer — it looks like the criminal justice system's breakdown consists of its failure to incarcerate.
Just Can't Help But Ruin the World. From the 1960s well into the 1980s, laws regarding criminal justice and self-defense were stacked
heavily against law-abiding Americans. Liberal judges routinely handed down minimal sentences after criminals had been convicted of heinous
crimes. Americans who had defended themselves against criminals using force, often in their own homes, faced severe prosecution for exercising
their natural right to defend their loved ones, their homes and their property. Crime rates soared and outrage built up as the legal system
allowed criminal after criminal to walk free while acting in self-defense could ruin a law-abiding American's life. Liberals did all of this in the
name of "social justice," on a theory that the system is inherently racist, poverty causes crime, and society is ultimately to blame for criminals.
deal backfires and serial killer goes free
. Nolan Ray George, then in his mid-20s and working
for the City of Pontiac, eventually confessed to three strangulations, two of them fatal, and went to prison
for one. Through plea deals with police and prosecutors, and fortuitous appellate court decisions, he
served only 12 years in a Michigan prison. Once released, he fatally strangled another woman in
Ohio and was the prime suspect in a second strangulation. He served only 10 years there.
. [Scroll down slowly] That our prison population has quadrupled over the last
few decades is proof that some
measure of the sanity on the issue of crime and punishment that had been
lost during the heady days of the 1960's has been restored. But the paradigm of "rehabilitation" that
rose to dominance during that time has not lost its hegemony, for our prisoners are supplied access to a variety
of goods that well exceed the necessaries of life and that have nothing at all to do with punishment.
Life in Prison Really Means Life
. The United States is now housing a large and
permanent population of prisoners who will die of old age behind bars.
RFID Compliance Monitoring as a
Condition of Federal Supervised Release
. Some states have moved to chemically castrating
certain types of sex offenders, while others have considered implementing lifetime GPS monitoring.
And, for the better part of two years, the chipping of convicted sex offenders has lingered in the minds
of concerned citizens and government officials alike, mutually frustrated with the serious inadequacies
of existing sex offender punishment and registration regimes.
Legal System Only a Mother Could Love
. Why ... do we go so far out of our way to protect
criminals? It's as if we're playing a game and all the rules are in their favor. For instance, why
should a cop making an arrest have to pause to read the perp his rights? Why shouldn't jurors be made
aware of the defendant's criminal history? Why should a cop's honest mistake work to the felon's
advantage? One final question: When is a bloody axe not a murder weapon? Easy answer: When
it's spotted in the back seat of a car that's been stopped because of a malfunctioning brake light, and not
because the driver was suspected of whacking off his wife's head.
Tilting at Racial Windmills
. Simply put, black offenders do not receive stiffer penalties than
white offenders for equivalent crimes — not today, and not at any time in recent decades. The
most exhaustive, best designed study of this matter — a three-year analysis of more than 11,000
convicted criminals in California — found that the severity of offenders' sentences depended
heavily on such factors as prior criminal records, the seriousness of the crimes, and whether guns were
used in the commission of those crimes. Race was found to have no effect whatsoever.
The Costs of Crime
more than two centuries, the political left has been preoccupied with the fate of criminals, often while ignoring or
downplaying the fate of the victims of those criminals.
Britain has gone much further down the road that
the New York Times is urging us to follow. In the process, Britain has gone from being one of the most
law-abiding nations on earth to overtaking the United States in most categories of crime.
in every 136 U.S. residents is behind bars
. Prisons and jails added more than 1,000 inmates each week for a
year, putting almost 2.2 million people, or one in every 136 U.S. residents, behind bars by last summer.
The Editor says...
The article above, since it was written by an Associated Press writer, is apparently based on the liberal
perspective that too many people are incarcerated in the U.S., and most of them don't deserve to be there, and
they're only in jail because they're not white, etc. Of course this is nonsense. So many people are
in jail because this country is full of criminals! Many more have been or should be
Inmates Early Has a Costly Human Toll
. A shortage of jail beds puts career criminals back on
the streets, where they often commit new offenses.
Skewed views of crime
It does no good to point out that soaring crime rates in the United States began to turn down only after the
declining rate of imprisonment was halted and reversed, leading to a rising prison population much deplored by
liberals. It does no good to point out Singapore's imprisonment rate is more than double that of
Canada — and its crime rate less than one-tenth the Canadian crime rate.
: Having declined for decades on end, the murder rate suddenly doubled between 1961 and
1974. The rate at which citizens became victims of violent crimes in general tripled. Such trends
began at different times in different countries but the patterns remained very similar. As the rates of
imprisonment declined, crime rates soared — whether in England, Australia, New Zealand, or the
High In U.S. Prison Numbers
. More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail
or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year and the
federal government $5 billion more, according to a report released yesterday [2/28/2008].
The Editor says...
That's money well spent. As long as there is plenty of extra prison space, criminals
will think twice about the consequences of their actions.
criminals get coddled
. Does it come as a surprise to anyone that Leeland Eisenberg — the
disturbed man who allegedly strapped road flares to his chest and took five people hostage at Hillary Clinton's
campaign headquarters Friday [11/30/2007] in New Hampshire — is a convicted rapist released from a
Dogs – A 'PC' Step Too Far
. You really couldn't make it up... a Welsh police force is
training its dogs to headbutt criminals rather than bite them, because politically correct –
'PC' – bosses are afraid that allowing the dogs to bite criminals will infringe their human rights!
When good people fight
: A guy came in with a knife, a threat and a demand for money.
But this time someone
fought back. Someone who didn't get the memo or pay attention in the training class. Someone up on
the mezzanine saw the guy and the knife — and saw a chair, up on the mezzanine. A big
chair. And this somebody picked up the chair and heaved it down. It clocked the wannabe robber and
knocked him down. He stood up, demonstrated that he knew several ways to use the f-word, and ran out the
door with his tail between his legs.
A Land Fit for Criminals, Part I
general mindset of the political left is similar from country to country and even from century to century.
The softness toward dangerous criminals found in such 18th century writers as William Godwin and Condorcet has
its echo today among those who hold protest vigils at the executions of murderers and who complain that we are
not being nice enough to the cutthroats imprisoned at Guantanamo.
A Land Fit for Criminals, Part II
the dominance of the left is greatest — in the media and in academia, for example — facts
to the contrary are seldom heard. The futility of imprisonment, for example, is a dogma on the
It does no good to point out that Singapore's imprisonment rate is more than double that
of Canada — and its crime rate less than one-tenth the Canadian crime rate.
have all the rights
. Researching a column last week
I came across a revealing
You only have to read a few pages to realize how, over the decades, our
ruling class' obsession with the "rights" of criminals has reduced their victims to afterthoughts.
Not only have we scrapped capital punishment, gutted the meaning of "life" imprisonment and allowed
violent criminals to apply for unescorted day passes from prison after serving one-sixth of their
sentence and full parole after one-third. Today, the very language of government when it
speaks of prisoners' rights is reverential.
Inmates asking court to decide if
nutraloaf is meal or punishment
. When shooting suspect Christopher Williams acted up in prison, he was
given nutraloaf — a mixture of cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins,
beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes. Prison officials call it a
complete meal. Inmates say it's so awful they'd rather go hungry.
Prison blues: States slimming down inmate
. The recession is hitting home for inmates, too: Some cash-strapped states are taking aim at
prison menus. Georgia prisoners already didn't get lunch on the weekends, and the Department of Corrections recently
eliminated the midday meal on Fridays, too. Ohio may drop weekend breakfasts and offer brunch instead. Other
states are cutting back on milk and fresh fruit.
Alabama sheriffs feed
inmates on $1.75 a day
. Back in the day of chain gangs, Alabama passed a law that gave sheriffs
$1.75 a day to feed each prisoner in their jails, and the sheriffs got to pocket anything that was left over.
More than 80 years later, most Alabama counties still operate under this system, with the same $1.75-a-day
allowance, and some sheriffs are actually making money on top of their salaries.
Prison Staff Forced to Address Every Inmate
. A British prison is forcing its staff to prove they treat inmates decently as part
of the Prison Service's national "decency agenda," which includes addressing all inmates, including sex
offenders and violent criminals, as "Mr.," the Telegraph reported Wednesday [10/1/2008].
Notes on Michigan criminal procedure
Michigan sentences may not exceed two-thirds of the maximum. A crime that is on the books as 12 years,
for example, means a maximum sentence of 8-12 years with eight years being the effective maximum. How
much of that will be served? The judges say that defendants usually get out after serving about
80 percent of the minimum. In this case, that would be a little less than six and a half years.
Much of that time would not be served in prison, but in halfway houses.
Do the time, lower the crime
In the last 10 years, the effect of prison on crime rates has been studied by many scholars. The Pew report
doesn't mention any of them.
A high risk of punishment reduces crime. Deterrence works. But so does
putting people in prison. The typical criminal commits from 12 to 16 crimes a year (not counting drug
offenses). Locking him up spares society those crimes. Several scholars have separately estimated that the
increase in the size of our prison population has driven down crime rates by 25%.
Who freed the
The only thing that would've prevented this homicide was the one thing politicians,
judges, prison officials in Philadelphia don't want to address. Warner, Cain and Floyd should have been
behind bars at the time they were committing the robbery.
He's been held in 44 offenses — and he's 17
Since age 10, Travis Hylton has been in and out of the Pima County juvenile court system, having been arrested
on 44 criminal offenses in seven years. All but six of those charges have been dismissed based on the fact
that doctors deemed Hylton — now 17 — incompetent to stand trial and unable to assist in his
defense. Now Hylton sits in jail on three counts of attempted murder.
States May Free Inmates
to Save Millions
. Lawmakers from California to Kentucky are trying to save money with a drastic
and potentially dangerous budget-cutting proposal: releasing tens of thousands of convicts from prison,
including drug addicts, thieves and even violent criminals.
More Prisoners, Less
. Last July, Obama said that "more young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and
universities." Actually, there are more than twice as many black men ages 18 to 24 in college as there are
in jail. Last September he said, "We have a system that locks away too many young, first-time, nonviolent offenders
for the better part of their lives." But Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, writing in the institute's
City Journal, notes that from 1999 to 2004, violent offenders accounted for all of the increase in the prison population.
dealing with punks, there's no time to be a liberal
. In my humble opinion — shared
with all those with some elementary understanding of the art of policing — the leading cause of
anti-social behaviour is permission. People, and young punks especially, will do things that even they
know are malicious because no one will stop them. The worst possible conditions exist, as today, when
the surrounding society is befogged with idiotic, decadent notions, such as the idea that the punks are
themselves "victims" of some material deprivation, when what they have in fact been deprived of is the
iron fist of the law.
Idiot compassion invents Miranda rights to protect criminals from prosecution rather than allowing police
powers to protect innocent citizens. ... Idiot compassion is so fearful that one innocent man might be
imprisoned that it helps enact laws that insure freedom to thousands of certainly guilty ones, by disallowing
evidence obtained against them.
crimes of the 65 killers released under Labour to strike again
. Murderers freed from life
sentences under Labour have committed a string of rapes and killings. Ministers last night admitted the
full scale of reoffending by so-called lifers. After their release, the 65 killers committed at least
three further murders, one attempted murder and three rapes. They were also responsible for crimes such
as a paedophile attack, two woundings causing grievous bodily harm and three offences of kidnapping, false
imprisonment or abduction.
tentatively order California inmates released
. A special panel of federal judges tentatively ruled
Monday that California must release tens of thousands of inmates to relieve overcrowding. The judges
said no other solution will improve conditions so poor that inmates die regularly of suicides or lack of
proper care. The panel said it wanted the state to present a plan to trim the population in two to
The Editor says...
Yes, prisons are unpleasant. That's why the threat of imprisonment is a deterrent
a sure way to relieve overcrowding: Build more prisons.
Bailiff's mistake leads to mistrial in Harris murder
The Harris County jury returned a guilty verdict after deliberating 45 minutes in a murder case, but the judge realized
he had a real problem. Sitting in the jury box were 13 citizens. Instead of sentencing Charles Mapps to prison
in the shooting death of his girlfriend, state District Judge Mark Kent Ellis on Tuesday declared a mistrial.
money-saving plan: Free inmates
. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District's
recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city's inmates to qualify for early release,
borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation. The city hopes to save $4.4 million
in fiscal 2010 under the plan, which would reduce the prison population by 2 percent from its current daily
average of 3,000 inmates.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... two percent of 3,000 inmates. That's only 60 inmates set free, and yet it
will save $4.4 million, which means that it costs over $73,000 per year to keep each inmate
in 25 adult Ohioans is in prison, in jail, on parole or on probation, study finds
. One in
every 25 adult Ohioans is in prison, jail or on parole or probation, a study by the Pew Center on the States
shows. While the national average is one in 31 U.S. adults, the numbers are more dramatic for Hispanics
(one in 27), men (one in 18), and blacks (one in 11), according to One in 31: The Long Reach of
American Corrections, released today. Ohio's one-in-25 rate was sixth among the states. Georgia
had the highest at one in 13, and New Hampshire the lowest at one in 88.
The Editor says...
If the people in prison are genuinely guilty of violent crimes, and they've all had fair trials and
adequate legal representation, then statistics like those above are not alarming at all. On the contrary,
it should be very reassuring to know that dangerous criminals are locked up!
Remember the Golden Oldies, Dr.
. How humane, how civilized, liberal values have made America. We've gotten rid of the death
penalty, and all other cruel and unusual punishments. So Charles Manson — murderer of nine
people — and hundreds of other murderers can live out their lives in relative comfort, not having
to worry about where their next meal is coming from, or freezing in the winter, or having to do hard
labor, or miss their weight-lifting routines or basketball games.
away with murder is the norm in Detroit
. At least 7 in 10 people who committed murder
in this city last year have gotten away with it. The most generous interpretation of 2008 homicide
warrants and convictions supplied by local law enforcement officials shows that in more than 70 percent
of homicide cases no suspect has been identified, arrested, charged or convicted of a killing.
APF and Hardin Constitution Violations
A Livingston state representative is questioning whether Hardin officials and American Police Force have violated
the Montana constitution. Representative Robert Ebinger says he became aware of the situation after
Cascade and Park County law enforcement officials came to him asking questions about APF. ... "No armed
person or persons or body of men shall be brought into the state for the presentation of the peace or the
suppression of domestic violence unless the application of the legislature or of the governor when the
legislature cannot be convened," said Ebinger while reading the constitution word for word.
entrepreneur has checkered past
. Michael Hilton showed up in Hardin, Mont., last week,
presenting himself as an economic savior, the man who would take over the town's $27 million
jail — empty since it was built as a development project in 2007 — and provide 200 new
jobs in the process. He wore a military style uniform, and as a gesture to local law enforcement
offered up the use of three Mercedes SUVs.
Leftwing Pseudo-science Threatens Freedom
America's Constitution is based on the Enlightenment view that Man has volition and Reason. Because of this, he is
perfectible and can determine how to live his own life. He therefore has no need of a government's telling him what
to do. Because we choose our own actions, we are responsible for them. In being responsible for them, we
necessarily become deserving of rewards or punishments according to whether our actions victimize others.
least someone in prison can't rob you
. Yesterday [10/6/2009], the Prison Governors' Association voted
to abolish all prison sentences of under 12 months. Short sentences, they believe, don't work and cost too
much. ... [But] when criminals are in jail, they can't break into your house or attack people in the street.
teenage Jesse James
. Victims call him a one-man crime wave who ought to be in prison. Fans
say he's a misunderstood folk hero in the grand tradition of Robin Hood, Huckleberry Finn, and Jesse James.
To police near Seattle, who are once more on his elusive tail, Colton Harris-Moore can be summed up in two
words: most wanted.
Leftwing Pseudo-science Threatens
. If the reader is ever accepted for jury duty, do not believe doctors' "genetic" or
"mental illness" excuses. Those are designed to make you disregard the defendant's responsibleness.
Those charlatans will hide behind the prestige of science. Human conduct is not their legitimate
field, for that is the field of volition, Reason and ethics.
early is arrested in rape attempt
. One of the inmates the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
released early as part of an effort to reduce the state's prison population was arrested Tuesday [2/2/2010]
on suspicion of attempted rape, less than 24 hours after getting out of jail, The Bee has learned.
child murderer spends days in downtown Lauderdale park
. Gary Kerpan confessed years ago to snatching
a 12-year-old girl, raping her, stabbing her and killing her. Now that he's out of prison, he hangs out in
Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan Park. He is one of Fort Lauderdale's homeless.
Muslims Exempt from Death Penalty in U.S.?
Last October there was another in the growing number of Islamic honor killings in the United States when a Muslim in
Peoria, Arizona, Faleh Almaleki, got into his Jeep Cherokee and ran down his twenty-year-old daughter Noor, as well
as her boyfriend's mother, Amal Khalaf. Noor died not long thereafter, and Faleh Almaleki was charged with
first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of leaving the scene of a serious accident. But
prosecutors announced this week that he will not face the death penalty — it wouldn't be multicultural.
prison case goes to Supreme Court
. Agreeing to hear an appeal from Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday [6/14/2010] it will decide whether the state
can be forced to release 46,000 inmates — more than one-fourth of its prison
population — to relieve overcrowding. The justices said they would hear the
case in the fall and rule early next year.
Club Med Environment at Club Fed
. Unleashing criminals from American jails onto American streets
is determinately criminal. But still, the debate on American incarceration continues to flare up due to
tough economic times and because our country spends roughly $50 billion annually to incarcerate public
nuisances and dangerous thugs. Shockingly, the annual cost per prisoner in California is $50,000.
No wonder there has been a violent push for the privatization of prisons and the revamping of the American
Penny-Wise on Crime
For more than 200 years, the political left has been coming up with reasons why criminals should not be punished
as much, or at all. The latest gambit in Missouri is providing judges with the costs of incarcerating the
criminals they sentence.
The Myth that
High Unemployment Means a High Crime Rate
. Crime and unemployment: everyone knows that they go
together. Right? Unemployed people, desperate for enough money to pay their bills, buy groceries, and
get medical care (since those heartless Republicans think "don't get sick" is a health care plan), must turn to
crime. At the very least, disheartened men sitting at home are going to lose their tempers, get into fights,
and shoot their spouses. Like most conventional wisdom among the elites, it turns out not to be true.
Anger at flat-screen TV prison order
Scottish Prison Service is ordering hundreds of flat-screen televisions for inmates in order to meet energy efficiency
targets, it has emerged.
East End store owners fighting
. On Saturday morning [12/18/2010], police said, a man identified by police as the owner
of Shew Food Market, in the 7500 block of Canal, shot a robber who was fleeing, along with an accomplice,
after taking a bag containing a substantial sum of money.
Tragedy in Arizona
. A 2007 study by the U.S. Justice Department found that 56% of state
prisoners, 45% of federal prisoners, and 64% of local jail inmates suffer from mental illnesses. A
2008 study out of the University of Pennsylvania that examined murders committed in Indiana between 1990
and 2002 found that approximately 10% of the murders were committed by individuals with serious mental
illnesses. There are about 16,000 homicides a year in this country. Using the Indiana study
as a guide, roughly 1,600 of them are likely committed by people with serious mental illnesses. ... State
governments have been very effective in emptying the hospitals in an effort to save money but remarkably
ineffective in providing treatment for seriously mentally ill individuals living in the community.
Keen Graphs of the Obvious
Not to put too fine a point on it: liberals have been wrong about almost everything, and conservatives have been
right about almost everything, at least in my lifetime (half a century). That goes not only for the economy,
the role of government, and climate change, but also for many "social issues" as well.
· The death penalty seems to actually deter murder.
· Higher rates of handgun ownership do not appear to cause more crime.
· Putting more people in prison seems to reduce crime.
· Increased concealed carry of handguns by law-abiding citizens coincides
protection for felons' feelings
. Imagine, if you can, the shock and pain that denizens of the
nation's capital feel as they return from prison only to discover that the office tasked with helping them
is called the "Office on Ex-Offender Affairs." Such a pejorative welcome must surely harm the tender
psyches of those perps. And, frankly, to discover that society attaches a stigma to felons must be
quite the shock. Worry not, because the stalwart D.C. government has a plan to stanch the suffering.
rewards of $35M settlement
. [New York City] has started doling out $1,000 checks to 26,131
former jailbirds who won a $35.7 million class-action settlement for illegal strip searches —
and recipients who are back in jail are throwing their newfound weight and windfall around. "I own
you!" inmates are bragging to jailers on Rikers Island, according to Correction insiders.
No More Smoking
For Florida Prisoners
. In an effort to reduce healthcare costs at state prisons the Florida
Department of Corrections is moving to make sure their facilities are smoke-free by September. ... "Inmate
smoking and second-hand smoking is costing millions in healthcare costs each year," said Florida Department
of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss.
The Editor says...
It's only a matter of time before this smoking ban faces a court challenge based on the Eighth
Amendment. But in the meantime, it's a step in the right direction, as far as I'm concerned — not
because I'm opposed to other people smoking, but because prisons should be made as uncomfortable as
legally possible, so the threat of prison time will act as a deterrent to crime.
California put 33,000 released inmates?
Hasn't California suffered enough? Apparently not,
according to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the name of reducing prison overcrowding and preserving a
"standard of decency," the high court this week handed down a decision that could set the stage for something
indecent: the release of tens of thousands of prisoners back into society.
lieu of prison, bring back the lash
. Suggest adding the whipping post to America's system of criminal
justice and most people recoil in horror. But offer a choice between five years in prison or 10 lashes
and almost everybody picks the lash. What does that say about prison?
The Right TV: 12 most
conservative TV shows ever
. [#5] Dragnet (1951-59, 1967-70): Dragnet was based on a
simple, conservative premise: Cops are good, criminals are bad, and crime must be punished. Los
Angeles detective Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) was the hard-nosed and efficient policeman tracking down the
bad guys. The show never got its due for its realistic portrayals of crime and detective work. Every
show ended with the perpetrator caught and sentenced. The remake of the show from 1967 to 1970 was
decidedly conservative as well, standing up against the hippie idiocy of the period.
Throw away the key!
lifers pose high risk of new crimes
. More than a third of the most serious criminal offenders
paroled in Massachusetts over the past five years were returned to prison for committing new crimes or
violating the conditions of their release, a Globe review has found, raising questions about the public
risk posed by granting early release to scores of convicted murderers, as well as the state's ability
to supervise violent criminals on parole.
than 150 rapists freed early from prison went on to rape again
. More than 150 convicted rapists
have gone on to attack again in the last five years. Ministry of Justice statistics revealed last night
the shocking extent to which sexual predators are re-offending, many after being freed from prison early.
sues state over lack of porn in jail
. A Macomb County inmate is suing Gov. Rick Snyder and the state,
claiming he is being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because jail rules ban pornographic materials.
Kyle Richards, 21, of Fraser filed the five-page handwritten lawsuit June 10 in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
He wants a judge to let inmates possess erotic/pornographic materials along with personal televisions, video
game consoles and radios.
The Editor says...
I'm sure he would also like to have a leather recliner, a keg of beer, and a home theater
system. That's the whole idea about jail time: It's not supposed to be fun.
Black men survive
longer in prison than out: study
. Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're
in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.
Crime Is Easy
. Maybe there is a
simple explanation for the riots. In Great-Britain crime is easy and almost risk-free.
hammer killer carried out 11 armed raids while on day release
. A convicted hammer killer carried
out 11 armed raids on bookmakers while he was on day release from prison. Joseph Williams was
allowed temporary leave from his 'open' prison in preparation for permanent release from his life sentence
for murder. But the 52-year-old gambling addict took advantage of lax supervision to go on a robbery
spree to pay for his habit.
. Yes, it's expensive to keep people in prison, but Californians may one day
rediscover that it's even more expensive to let them out.
watch pay-TV movies in Victoria's jails
. Prisoners are watching pay-TV movies in their cells,
at a cost to taxpayers of tens of thousands of dollars. Pay-TV packages for Victoria's jails cost
thousands of dollars a month, data obtained under Freedom of Information reveals.
The Editor says...
Personally, I don't have a problem with prisoners wasting their lives away, as well as their minds, by
watching television. That's better than having them riot and kill each other, or trying to escape, or working
out in the weight room. Television is a cheap tranquilizer. Even so, the prisons would be more of a
deterrent if they were more miserable places to live.
The scandalous state of
our prison system
. The state of our prisons has become something of a scandal. We have more
prisoners today than we have soldiers, and more prison guards than Marines. Our prisons have become boot
camps for criminals. That's one reason why I'm sympathetic to Peter Moskos' idea to bring back flogging.
Doesn't Make Thieves — Liberalism Does
. During the Great Depression, levels of crime actually
dropped. During the 1920s, when life was free and easy, so was crime. During the 1930s, when the entire
American economy fell into a government-owned alligator moat, crime was nearly non-existent. During the 1950s
and 1960s, when the economy was excellent, crime rose again. In Britain, where the social safety net is more
like a social swaddling cloth, crime rates other than murder are significantly higher than in the United States.
serving community sentences commit violent and sexual crimes
. Fifty people a day suffer a
violent or sexual attack by a convict spared jail in the 'soft' justice system. Victims include
young children assaulted by paedophiles, figures released by the Government show. They reveal that
every year more than 18,000 convicts given a community punishment commit a sexual or violent crime within
12 months of being sentenced.
Top Fresno auto
thief Robert Wollert released
. Robert Frederick Wollert, dubbed Fresno's top auto thief last year
by police, won't serve a day in prison for his crime spree — thanks to a new state policy that sends
non-violent convicts to local jails instead of state prisons.
inmate guilty of seeking $890M in tax refunds
. Prosecutors say the man filed the bogus returns
from 2006 to 2010 while at various state prisons.
prompts prisoners' lawsuit
. Prison grub never had a high culinary reputation, but now some
inmates say it's not just the taste they don't like. Illinois convicts have gone to court, claiming that
too much soy in their diets has left them with severe health problems, including heart issues and thyroid
damage, along with allergic reactions and gastrointestinal distress.
How State Budget Battles
Could Mean More Criminals Back on the Streets
. In an article, "What's Behind America's Falling Crime Rate?," Time magazine
reported, "In his book Why Crime Rates Fell
, Tufts University sociologist John Conklin concluded that up to half of the improvement
was due to a single factor: more people in prison. The U.S. prison population grew by more than half a million during the 1990s
and continued to grow, although more slowly, in the next decade. Go back half a century: as sentencing became more lenient in the
1960s and '70s, the crime rate started to rise. When lawmakers responded to the crime wave by building prisons and mandating tough
sentences, the number of prisoners increased and the number of crimes fell." But the budget battles in the states could change all
of this, putting crime reduction in jeopardy.
Kept Imprisoned in Georgia Despite Serving Their Sentences
. Georgia penitentiaries continue to feed, clothe, and
pay medical expenses for hundreds of inmates who were approved for parole but cannot be released because they have nowhere to
live. About two-thirds are convicted sex offenders. About one-third require mental illness treatment but are otherwise
not considered a threat to public safety. [...] Having nowhere to go means inmates approved for parole have no family able or
willing to take them and no publicly supported housing facility willing to accept them. One of the challenges of Georgia
corrections reform is where released inmates are to go when they leave prisons.
five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments
. [#5] 'Better 10 guilty men go free...' As a truism, it's a
laudable and correct sentiment that no reasonable person can find fault with. But that's the problem: No reasonable person disagrees
with it. There's nothing wrong with saying it, but it's not an argument — it's an uncontroversial declarative statement.
And yet people say it as if it settles arguments. It doesn't do anything of the sort. The hard thinking comes when you have to deal
with the "and therefore what?" part. Where do we draw the lines? If it were an absolute principle, we wouldn't put anyone in prison,
lest we punish an innocent in the process.
Crime and Punishment in a Free Society.
In England, the early kings recognized that the administration of justice could be a cash cow. So they grabbed on and never let go.
As a result, the emphasis shifted to punishment (fines and imprisonment) and away from restitution (making victims or their heirs as whole as
possible). Liberty-minded people should regret this change.
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