We hear the words “criminal justice reform” tossed around a lot of late. Most often the tossers are Democrats, although others who should know better are also caught up in the trendy catchphrase. When boiled down to its nub, it translates to fewer penalties for criminals because, according to its advocates, minorities and males are disproportionately ensnared in the “system.”
Those who commit crimes get arrested, charged and tried, regardless of who they are. There are plenty of blue eyes in prison and interestingly, fewer Asians. The Federal Bureau of Prisons released its most recent statistics noting inmate’s race, ethnicity, gender, and sentences imposed. These numbers reflect federal incarcerations, not local jails or state prisons, which often have different demographics.
Factor in the false positives. In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, reclassifying numerous property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. CBS Channel 13 in Sacramento reports theft under $950 is now a misdemeanor. The immediate effect? The average daily incarceration population dropped by almost 10,000 between October 2014 and January 2015. Crime didn’t go down. Criminals were simply turned back out to re-offend against law abiding public.
Radical groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center see criminality as a misnomer. They state they want to reform the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems so they operate “fairly and equitably” — to “ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems, and to reduce the population of those jailed, detained, and incarcerated in the United States.” The dignity of victims is of no consequence.
New York State crafted new bail laws that went into effect on January 1, 2020, the brainchild of Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Pretrial detention and cash bail, considered too harsh for poor criminals, have now been eliminated for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases, including some violent felonies. Crimes such as burglary, stalking, some assaults, many drug offenses — even some arson crimes and robbery — no longer require bail, which means criminals are less likely to appear for court hearings.
San Francisco, a one-time destination city, now a crime and homeless haven with human waste, rats and needles littering sidewalks, recently elected Chesa Boudin as District Attorney. The former public defender who has never prosecuted a case, fired multiple prosecutors after being sworn in. The LA Times reports Boudin heard the news that he had been elected while visiting his father in prison.
Boudin was an infant when his parents, members of the radical leftist group Weather Underground, began serving their sentences in the mid-1980s for killing three men in an armed robbery. His mother was released in 2003. His father is serving a life term.
How are such people getting elected? Here’s a memory refresher from Politico, which reported in 2016 billionaire Socialist George Soros’ under the radar commitment to overhauling the U.S. justice system.
This is serious business with drastic consequences, as is increasingly evident.