Attorney General William Barr recently argued that violent crime could be cut in half by simply eliminating policies that release violent offenders after their arrests. Here’s some proof.
According to Fox News, Chicago police officials believe that the recent increase in gun violence has, at least in part, been the result of judges allowing defendants to be placed into an electronic-monitoring program instead of having to spend time in jail.
We have been seeing it across the country for some time now. All kinds of programs have been developed so that those arrested, including violent offenders, do not have to sit in jail while waiting for their legal proceedings to conclude.
In Chicago, they have an electronic-monitoring program. A judge could decide that, rather than sitting in jail, a defendant could be released to the public so long as he is electronically monitored.
According to Fox, this decision is being increasingly made: “On Aug. 9, 43 people facing murder charges were enrolled in Cook County’s electronic-monitoring program, a 40% increase from the same day last year. In addition, 160 people charged with robbery and 1,000 people charged with illegal gun possession are enrolled as of Aug. 9.”
Now, the obvious question here is “how does electronic monitoring keep the public safe?”
Over the past few months alone, there have been numerous news articles about violent offenders being released from jail, under some such program as Chicago’s, only to commit another violent crime a short time later.
Fox, in its report, provides the example of 18-year-old Chrishawn Thomas.
Thomas was arrested on suspicion of robbing a female driver at gunpoint. He was released after posting a $500 bail and being entered into Chicago’s electronic monitoring program.
A short time later, police received an alert from Thomas’ monitor, and they tracked him down. It turns out that he was allegedly involved in a robbery, and that, in the process of committing this crime, he shot an off-duty Chicago police officer.
As Attorney General Barr recently argued, this sort of thing is easily preventable. We just have to get rid of these nonsensical policies.
In the meantime, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start holding the judges who release violent offenders accountable.