According to a new deep dive by UCLA, 67,000 criminals have been released from prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic. Released as part of an urgent movement by the left to use this outbreak as an excuse to pursue their usual goals of emptying the prison systems, these criminals are, in many cases, going right back to their life of crime. Thus we have another (un?)intended effect of the pandemic that will have repercussions for the average American well beyond the dangers of the virus itself.
It is remarkably ironic that, at a time when Democrats are trying their slam best to criminalize behaviors like cutting hair and preaching the gospel, actual criminals are being set free to terrorize their communities.
“Consider the insanity of Hawaii,” wrote Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review. “The state has released roughly 38% of the state’s entire jail population. This is a state where there are just 17 COVID-19 deaths overall and no confirmed cases in jails. Yet they emptied them of criminals. In early May, a 20-year-old Hawaiian was arrested for murder just two weeks after being released out of fear of the virus! At the same time, the state has the strictest lockdown in the nation. One man was arrested for posting photos of himself at the beach after the fact!”
As Horowitz notes, the situation is even worse in New York.
“Out of the 276 shooting incidents in New York City so far this year, 19 percent of suspected or arrested gunmen having been released this year,” he wrote. “Also, 13% of the incidents’ more than 315 victims were also out on parole. Thus, we have created a shooting war among released criminals. Ironically, they are much more likely to die from homicide than from the virus. Overall, this year, shootings are up 21% in the city and break-ins have jumped 38%. As of just the first few weeks of the epidemic, the city released more than 1,500 criminals.”
Let’s face it: These liberals have been trying to empty American prisons and jails for the last twenty years. And with every successful step they take forward, society at large takes an equal step backwards. It’s one thing to start decriminalizing (or at least lowering the penalties for) drug possession. It’s quite another to say flatly that we have too many of this demo or that demo in prison, as if that alone justifies releasing people who have broken the law.
So far, there has been very little evidence to suggest that coronavirus is spreading like wildfire through the prison system. These criminals are being released without justification. It’s time for Republicans to stand up to liberals taking advantage of the pandemic to push their already-existing agenda.