Due to the ravages of a viral global pandemic, America is in lock-down. Businesses are shuttered. Schools are closed. Families cannot visit dying loved ones in hospitals. We are urged to wear face masks when leaving on urgent errands such as buying groceries in stores that feature bare shelves. Under quarantine, jobs have evaporated and multitudes worry how to pay for necessities. The unparalleled, booming Trump economy tanked overnight. Jobless claims have exceeded 20 million in four weeks, inflicting a toll on the labor force not seen since the Great Depression.
Thankfully, there’s an answer — provided by no less than a retired Federal Magistrate Judge right here in Arizona. Charles Ryhiner Pyle’s response to the unprecedented calamity we are facing is to put a bit of sunshine on the dire situation. Not as a disinfectant, mind you, but as in flinging open prison doors and releasing inmates.
His commentary, given space in the seriously failing Arizona Republic, is shocking in its bizarre disconnect to reality.
Among the list of those he advocates for release are drug addicts, many here illegally, claiming, “substance use disorder is a disease that has been criminalized with devastating outcomes for our society.”
Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are not “substances.” They are illicit drugs that have disastrous effects not only on the addicts, who are frequently pushers, but on their families and the victims they hook to pay for their next dose. Cancer is a disease, Judge. Drug addiction, exemplified by putting a needle in your arm or powder up your nose, is a choice.
Pyle, who is concerned about the prisoner’s close quarters exposing them to Coronavirus, writes:
“Those 3,695 prisoners should be released to the community for evaluation and treatment since Coronavirus presents a much greater threat to this population. A virus outbreak in any of these Arizona correctional institutions puts prisoners and staff at grave risk, as well as placing an incredible burden on a health-care system and workers already facing a desperate crisis.
The stress of these dangers on prisoners and staff, and their families, will become overwhelming, particularly if no meaningful action is taken. This is no time for hopeful complacency. Now is the time for unbiased analysis, courageous plans and bold actions.”
For this brilliance, Judge Pyle was earning between $161,338 and $184,072, and now drawing a solid retirement, paid for by law abiding taxpayers who he wants to make easy prey for the criminals he thinks should be released among us — with no prospect of jobs or places to live.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise when they become recidivists, reverting to criminality to subsist.
Radical policies such as those advocated by far left Judge Pyle have turned San Francisco into a haven of homelessness, with addicts sleeping on rat infested sidewalks piled with human feces and syringes. Under San Francisco language guidelines passed in August 2019, criminals and ex-cons will henceforth be known as “justice-involved” persons or “returning residents.”
It’s a good bet Judge Pyle wishes he came up with such fanciful language.