It is important to protect as many people as possible. When you put people in jail, they are your responsibility. It’s true: you can judge a society on the condition of their prisons.
What baffles me to no end is this: We are faced with a virus that is going to change the very fabric of our society forever. I don’t claim to understand the illness. I’m not a doctor, unless you count witch-doctor, so I am inclined to believe that we are in a bad situation, for sure.
JAIL IS NOT A ROMP IN THE PARK
So, since jails are places which are closed to the public and where people have very close contact, I guess I understand the desire to want to let people out. After all, we are responsible for them. So Lord forbid that they meet their maker as a result of this terrible illness that they caught in jail.
I can almost hear the word processing machines warming up in law offices across America. We could watch the lawsuits as they began to flood-in, should this occur.
Little Johnny, who was never a model citizen to begin with, will now become the best brother, uncle, father or whatever since the beginning of time. Except for that one carjacking incident in which he was reluctantly a participant.
JOHN Q PUBLIC vs THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT
I relate many of these things in jest, only to support one fact. If we continue to let criminals out of jail, our crime rate is going to grow.
It is an unequivocal fact that the more wolves you have on the loose, the more sheep in the flock you will lose.
So, what are we going do?
How are we going to deal with this problem for the ages?
There has never been a time in our history where we have opened the jails and released those who should not be cut loose on an unsuspecting public. The only country I can think of where it was done is Cuba.
It’s a matter of fact, Cuban officials released their bad guys so they could come to the United States and cause us problems. Sadly, that is a historical fact.
What exacerbates the situation is this thought: Do you really believe people who can’t obey the rules when things are going well will do so when things are going badly? Dream on …
THE EVIDENCE IS UNDER OUR NOSE
Reports are pouring in to law enforcement agencies across the country. Sex offenders are being released from prison early. Offenders of all types are being released early. It seems that for the time being, the Corona virus is not only the scourge of the world. Evidentially, it is a ‘Get-out-of-jail-free’ card, as well.
I don’t know exactly how to combat this nightmare. I understand the fewer prisoners you have incarcerated the less risk there is to those who remain.
I just wonder if the decision to put the criminals’ safety and well-being above that of the law-abiding public will work out well. Only time will tell, I suppose.
I will leave you with this formula as food for thought. Less Enforcement + Early Prisoner Releases does not = A Safer Public.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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