In large metropolises all over the country, local and state governments have decided to release criminals from jails and prisons. It was believed that with the quickly spreading coronavirus pandemic, inmates would be far too susceptible to the disease, causing mass infections inside the walls of these systems. So to protect both the prisoners themselves and the guards, doctors, and anyone else who comes into the prison from the virus, many inmates were simply released.
For those of us on the outside and in our right minds, this was clearly a poor choice. We knew it from the get-go. I mean, how much sense does it make to release known and convicted felons back into the streets, especially in a time of worldwide chaos.
However, the leaders who made these choices were quick to point out that it wouldn’t be just anyone being released. In an attempt to calm our fears and make their decision seem more reasonable, it was made known that only those who had been charged with non-violent crimes and who had a short amount of time left to serve would be released.
You know, those who had broken into homes, stolen prized possessions, swindled someone out of their life-savings or sold dangerous and deadly drugs to the neighborhood kids.
But it’s ok… our local leaders told us because violent criminals would be kept behind bars.
We knew it wouldn’t be. But it’s not like we had much of a say in the matter.
And now, whole communities are paying the price of these very unwise decisions.
That man, no matter what kind of trouble he was involved in, was someone’s brother, someone’s son, maybe even someone’s husband or father. So now, an entire community mourns.
Furthermore, they don’t feel safe. This criminal was one of about 100 in this specific area to be released, meaning much more damage can happen.
So what does this say for places like Philadelphia or New York, where over a thousand inmates have recently been set free to roam as they see fit?
Well, it means that crime is going up.
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City announced that he had released over 1,400 inmates last month due to coronavirus fears from the notorious Riker’s Island prison. And it was reported on Sunday, according to the New York Post that over 50 of those had already been re-arrested for committing new crimes. And in some cases, those prisoners were re-released after this arrest.
Mayor Bill says this is “unconscionable.” He just can’t understand why these individuals would be out committing crimes again, especially in a time like this.
When asked about the new crimes on Monday, Hizzoner said, “I think it’s unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy, and this is what some of them have done.” He added that “We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible. And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.”
And while we might agree with de Blasio about these acts being something we can’t quite understand, what is even harder to believe is that this man is somehow still in office and still screwing things up so royally.
Did he honestly think that if he let these people free, they would simply be grateful and honor the mercy they were given? Did he think they would honor the fear of the pandemic and stay in at home like everyone else?
If he did, he is a lot more incompetent than I thought. These are tried and convicted felons serving time in prison or jail. They have already proven they care nothing for the laws of this country, or at least one time didn’t. And as much as we might want to believe that people can change, it’s easier said than done.
Merely saying, sure we’ll let you out because there is a pandemic going on, isn’t going to suddenly bring morality to them.
But I can’t expect someone like de Blasio, who can’t even follow his own rules, to understand that.