(Right Country) – The same politicians who are issuing Orwellian orders for their citizens to remain at home are, as usual, applying a two-tiered justice system where the most law-abiding are kept under virtual home imprisonment while the least law-abiding are able to roam free.
“In Los Angeles, Cleveland [and] other cities, officials have begun releasing prisoners early,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson explained on Wednesday.
“They want to do that anyway, of course, but now they can say it’s to contain the coronavirus. They’re not explaining how exactly. They’re just doing it.”
BizPac Review explains:
He wasn’t entirely correct. Localities like Los Angeles have justified their plans to release inmates on the basis that it’d boost social distancing.
It’s believed that reducing the number of inmates and thus making jails and prisons less crowded would allow for inmates to be better separated from one another.
It’s not clear though how this would inhibit the spread of the coronavirus. The argument could be made, for instance, that if coronavirus is present at a detention facility, then it’d be better for society if the inmates at the facility remain quarantined there.
Yet for reasons that seem all too familiar, left-wing legislators appear more concerned with the needs of criminals than the needs of law-abiders.
“Notice there’s no compassion for the normal people huddled in their homes, sitting there as thousands of criminals are released onto the streets. Nobody cares about them,” Carlson continued Wednesday.
What’s worse, as these leftists seek to see more criminals released, they also lobby for less to be detained in the first place.
“In many cities, authorities are actually ordering police to stop protecting the public, to stop doing their jobs,” the FNC host explained. “In the city of Philadelphia, police have been ordered to avoid arrests even for significant crimes.”
BPR explains that this is true. One day after Democrat Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney’s Monday announcement that all “non-essential businesses” be closed down, local media confirmed that “arrests for a slew of low-level criminal offenses” were halted.
Is police work considered non-essential?
“An internal [police] memo … states that crimes including theft, burglary, prostitution, stolen automobiles, vandalism, and certain economic crimes will no longer automatically result in detention,” local station WHYY reported. “Police will also temporarily stop enforcing bench warrants to individuals who fail to show up for court.”
Due to the coronavirus crisis, Philadelphia police will no longer be making arrests for all narcotics offenses, theft from persons, retail theft, theft from auto, burglary, vandalism, bench warrants, stolen autos, economic crimes such as passing bad checks, fraud, & prostitution. pic.twitter.com/R2OZSPMKHO
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) March 17, 2020
“Drug offenses, prostitution, vandalism obviously are tolerated,” Carlson noted. “But now burglary and car theft get a pass [as well].”
“A person could break into your home in Philadelphia and not be arrested. Imagine that. Instead, the police will issue a summons for a later court appearance and send them on their way with a prayer that they’ll show up.”
Individuals in detention are especially vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus & the Bureau of Prisons must take steps to ensure their safety.
I'm pushing BOP to release all low-risk inmates, including those who are in pretrial detention because they can't afford to make bail.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) March 19, 2020
BREAKING: We're calling for the immediate release of individuals in prisons and jails who, according to the CDC, face heightened risk of severe illness or death due to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/KFjn1BMQCU
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 18, 2020
Some Cook County inmates were released early as officials brace for a possible coronavirus outbreak inside jails and prisons. https://t.co/GqugwLnSXu
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) March 17, 2020
New York City will begin releasing some inmates held on minor charges or with health conditions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in jails https://t.co/yVRr7GdiGT
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 19, 2020
BREAKING: Sen. Kamala Harris pushes for the release of low-risk prisoners from federal prisoners after reports of inmates in a California jail test positive for #Coronavirus #CoronaVirusUpdate pic.twitter.com/i3IlxXndMz
— Joe Khalil (@JoeKhalilTV) March 19, 2020
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