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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced a new program that will be even more lenient on juvenile criminals which his opponents fear will likely contribute to a rise in crime.
The “Restorative Enhanced Diversion for Youth Pathway” will allow many felonies committed by 16 and 17-year-olds to be put into a rehabilitation program instead of charged with the serious crime they committed.
The controversial program will allow burglary, assaults without firearms or extensive injuries, vehicle theft, robbery, grand theft person, sexual battery and arson as crimes eligible for “diversion.”
(Video Credit: Fox11)
Gascón announced the new policy last week, calling on critics to support it, “Rather than turning every tragedy into a political football and end game, I ask those people, please join us, we can do better, go further if we all work together.”
Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami is critical of his boss’ new program because he says it sends the message that “we’re going to give you a slap on the wrist.”
“Diversion means that we’re not charging anybody. So, if we’re not charging anybody, they don’t go through the court system. So you cant give them any sort of programs that are monitored through the court,” he explained.
Some people jumped right on board the progressive crazy train in support of the new program, citing that other states had similar programs.
“Diversion” programs are only controversial if you’re in the business of finding controversy where none exist. Lots of states have diversion programs.
— Calvin Daniels (@calvindanielsll) December 19, 2021
But others dug a little deeper to recognize that perhaps the programs are not equivalent to those in other states and many others outright blamed programs like this for the rampant rise in crime in the southern California county since Gascón was elected.
Diversion programs are not intended for the list of offenses he has included. It’s meant for younger kids, less severe crimes and have to be enacted effectively, which he will not follow through with. We’ve seen he’s a total loser on how he’s handled crime so far
— MO (@commentsrmine) December 19, 2021
This is leftist sickness, to believe these youth are easily molded like putty, while anything that is not punishment that hurts IS ENABLING. Punks will take your freebies, but laugh behind your backs because YOU, not us, gave them a win. They’re not looking to join the scouts.
— WMB Online (@Walt1124) December 19, 2021
I worked with adults and youth, and I can say that the only punishment that will work is to make sentencing indefinite. For example, you must rehabilitate (graduate) through hard labor and education, in an atmosphere of strict discipline and debasement.
— Brian Hesse (@BrianHesse8) December 19, 2021
Just lock their asses up that’s a good way to tell them not to do it again
— Joe garcia (@Joegarc47185059) December 19, 2021
🎙Gascon may be the biggest piece of dog crap ever elected to office in Los Angeles. Elections have consequences and with the election of Biden/Harris and Gascon plus the failure to recall Gavin Newsom do you need anymore proof?😏 pic.twitter.com/1HeL4UPCWA
— 👻Spook Davis👀 (@SpookDavis) December 19, 2021
Hatami predicts that gangs will work the lax prosecution policies to their advantage to coax younger recruits to commit the crimes, ultimately causing an increase in crime.
“I think it endangers the juveniles because you have older gang members and what they’re doing is telling 16 and 17-year-olds, ‘Hey, you can commit these crimes and you’re not really going to get in trouble,'” he said.
Hatami may have a point.
In March, a convicted killer toasted with prison moonshine to a resentencing directive Gascón issued calling for inmates who had served at least 15 years to potentially be resentenced.
In his cell, convicted killer celebrates early release, toasts to new L.A. DA Gascón’s re-sentencing directive https://t.co/3hMfeIuQSw pic.twitter.com/knOJ4J4n3r
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 10, 2021
“Right here with my cellie,” inmate Phillip Dorsett said in the clip taken on a contraband cell phone and released by the California District Attorneys Association. “Some white lightning, a little cup, boom! Celebrating us going home on this Gascón directive. Whoop!”
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