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Early releases and thousands of reduced prison sentences have become a get-out-of-jail-free card…
Fox News reports 900 inmates in New York will soon be released BEFORE Justice Reform Act of December 2018 takes effect on January 1, 2020.
During his inauguration speech, President Trump introduced The First Step Act to give nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. “America is a nation that believes in redemption,” were his truthful, historic words. The First Step Act will affect only the federal system of about 181,000 felons. Currently, our U.S. jail and prison population is around 2.1 million.
At the time the anti-Trump news decried that thousands of prisoners would be released on American streets. Wishful untoward retribution on their part? Of course.
Joining the early morning Fox News team today was a shocked and frustrated New York State Assembly Minority Leader, Brian Kolb.
“It’s impossible for him [Governor Cuomo] to not know about it,” Kolb rebuked. “Didn’t he just the other day say, ‘I am government’?”
Actually, every state agency, every budget decision is controlled by Cuomo’s office and for him to plead ignorance is beyond believability. And most New Yorkers aren’t fools.
Kolb had much more to denounce, “That’s why people roll their eyes and say, ‘OK, governor, whatever you say!”
Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt wondered how Cuomo could sign the law in print in the Spring of this year and not know.
Kolb’s response: “It was a separate budget action, but for the governor to say he didn’t know is ridiculous.” Uh-huh.
I’m sure New Yorkers are asking the same questions. Here’s another query equally important: what were these inmates incarcerated for?
The governor’s office is saying the inmates are non-violent… Huh? Didn’t Cuomo just say he didn’t know about it? How’s that work?
If I were a New Yorker, here’s what would really fry my brain: Reportedly, Mayor Bill de Blasio (who they all know and love…) will give out baseball tickets and gift cards to encourage the inmates to return to court. Gee, is it too early for a Santa suit? No, how about a turkey costume like the signage guy in front of the corner Duane Reade?
It is reported that privately, NY city commissioner James O’Neill has been seething over this prison release program. So much so, he resigned from his post yesterday. O’Neill, a 30 year veteran of NYPD who, as commissioner led the nation’s largest police force for three years during a very difficult period of transition. He was, however, immediately replaced by Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. So much for farewells.
“Jimmy can be proud of the fact that crime in New York City today is at the lowest level its been since the 1950s,” de Blasio said. “I’m gonna miss him.” The breakfast diners in Midtown Manhattan must have spittled their coffee on that one.
New Yorkers aren’t the only Americans wondering who will soon be ‘free as a bird’ to roam their streets…
In what Americans realize is the largest mass commutation in US history, almost 500 inmates were released from Oklahoma prisons yesterday. Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt and other officials have pledged help for the newly-released felons with what they admit might be a ‘challenging transition.’
“We really want you to have a successful future,” the governor exclaimed. A CNN affiliate video showed emotional reunions outside the prison walls. Interviews featured released inmates speaking of ‘a new opportunity.’
But, here’s the important question informed Americans are asking: What did these 500 inmates do to get incarcerated? And how does one reduce penance for criminal behavior? Why, change the laws, of course. Make former felonies misdemeanors. (Which begs the ultimate immoral question: When is murder no longer killing a person? Oh, abortion, that’s right.)
In 2016, Oklahoma passed ‘reforms’ that did just that. What they considered low-level felonies were reduced to misdemeanors. Felony possession of a small amount (sounds subjective, huh?) of drugs became a misdemeanor and the threshold for property crime was increased from $500 to $1,000 in value.
On October 8, 2019, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections held its first “transition fair” for inmates at 28 facilities across the state. “More than 200 people from 45 community partners, nonprofits, and state agencies attended,” the Corrections Board announced. “These fairs connected 781 inmates with the services they may need once released.”
So, a large number of Oklahoma felons with already reduced sentences from three years ago have now seemingly qualified early for our President’s Justice Reform Law. And a possible 700 more will be released January 1? How many more states with liberal governors and corrections officials have joined in? Must be keeping it under wraps. For the time being.
This is no Monopoly game. It’s serious. How many more victims will these elite bleeding-heart liberals and their insane lawless policies produce?
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