SACRAMENTO, CA- Prison Break: If only Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows had the threat of coronavirus hanging over their heads life would have gone much easier for the two brothers, who just couldn’t seem to stay out of jail.
As David Horowitz reports in the Conservative Review, the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed over 67,000 criminals to get an early release from jail. And a lot of them are giving thanks by going out and committing additional crimes.
In the current pandemic nightmare, there are two sides to the coin. On one side, Americans are getting thrown in jail for trying to make a living.
As Horowitz notes, some of them are opening businesses that don’t even tend to attract large crowds. Because some bureaucrat in a governor or mayor’s office has made the subjective opinion that a business is “non-essential,” those businesses are forced to remain closed.
The other side of the coin is just as serious and a lot more dangerous. While non-violent Americans are being put in jail, hardened criminals are being released from prisons and jails.
UCLA is tracking the data, and it is shocking.
67,000 criminals, 43,000 from jails and just over 24,000 from prisons have been released onto America’s streets.
The release is being facilitated for several reasons. While the chief excuse given is to “protect” the inmates from being infected with COVID-19, a more likely scenario is the fact that there has been a nationwide push among progressive Democrats primarily to reduce the prison population.
This effort is being encouraged in no small part by organizations affiliated with billionaire socialist George Soros.
As Horowitz notes, there is a “shocking degree of recidivism” among criminals, including those who have been selected for early release.
Indeed, according to a study on prisoner recidivism reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics under the Department of Justice in 2018, a full 83% of prisoners released in 2005 across 30 states were arrested at least once during the 9 years following their release.
Out of that number, a shocking 44% were arrested in the FIRST year after their release, with an additional 16% arrested in the second year after release. Of those arrested the first year, 39% were subsequently arrested again during years 2 through 9.
Given the propensity of released prisoners to reoffend, Horowitz notes that crime victims due to the “coronavirus jailbreak” should be added to the long-term death toll from CVOID-19.
Out of 2.2 million inmates nationwide, only a few hundred inmates have died from coronavirus, which equates to a lower rate than that of the population outside of the correctional system.
Horowitz also noted that out of all of those go got the virus, a large number have been asymptomatic and are already immune to COVDI-19. Likewise, a majority of prison inmates are younger and healthier, which places them in a low-risk category.
Another report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics says that in 2018, incarceration rates in both federal and state correctional facilities “had already dropped to the lowest levels since 1996.”
Horowitz notes that given the release of so many inmates under the guise of coronavirus, those numbers are likely substantially lower.
Many people, in particular minority legislators, and more recently Democratic presidential candidates complained that there was an “over-incarceration” of black males.
However, Horowitz notes that the rate for that demographic dropped 28 percent between 2008-2018 for prisons, while in jails he said the rate “plummeted so steeply that, for black residents, it was lower in 2018 than at any time since 1990.”
So, in other words, the complaints that the criminal justice system is inherently racist, as opined by failed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warrant, the facts speak otherwise. As noted, that once again was prior to the recent mass prison release.
Since most of those already released prior to this year were likely less violent offenders, one can surmise that those left in jail prior to this current open door policy in our nations’ prisons and jails were violent prisoners, despite pro-release interests saying they are “low level” offenders.
Horowitz cites the example of Hawaii, where the state released 38% of their entire jail populations. Hawaii to date has had only 17 COVID-19 deaths overall, with ZERO cases in jails.
Earlier this month, one of those released inmates was arrested for murder only two weeks after he was released. Hawaii, run by a Democrat has one of the most restrictive lockdown policies in the country despite having a microscopic number of cases.
The criteria being used for release is laughable, according to Horowitz. While many of these criminals who are released are violent, dangerous offenders, with arms-length arrest records, the criteria for release is generally based on their most recent offense.
In other words, if someone had previously done jail time for armed robbery, or armed assault or something similar, yet was in jail for a low-level beef, they would be subject to release despite their violent criminal history.
The dichotomy is amazing actually. Professional criminals are being released onto the streets to protect them from coronavirus, while citizens, such as hair salon owner Shelly Luther in Dallas are put IN jail, where they are (according to jailbreak proponents) allegedly at higher risk for coronavirus.
More facts on recidivism? The New York Post reported that in New York City, out of 276 shooting incidents thus far this year, 19 percent of the suspected or arrested shooters have been released this year.
Not to be outdone, 13% of the victims in those cases were also out on parole. So basically, this has created something of a “wild west” syndrome where old scores are settled outside of prison. As Horowitz notes, they are more likely to die from homicide than from COVID.
New York has reported that since the COVID-19 jailbreak began at Rikers Island, shootings are up 21%, and burglaries are up 38%. Another issue in New York is the state legislature’s “get out of jail free” law, which removed cash bond from everything but a handful of more serious offenses. The Post reported that in only the first few weeks of the outbreak, the city put more than 1,500 criminals back on the streets.
Just yesterday, Law Enforcement Today reported on an elderly woman was choked on a hiking trail in Washington State by a career criminal just released from prison. Meanwhile in Denver, a woman was murdered by a man who had been convicted of armed robbery who was released from jail due to COVID.
Horowitz notes that as of 2018, the crime rate in the country was 23.2 victimizations per 1,000 persons. He rightly notes that based on current COVID-19 statistics, “anyone outside a nursing home is several hundred times more likely to be victimized by a violent crime than to die of coronavirus.”
Finally, while prisoners are getting released from jail, nursing homes in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent 4,300 sick patients back from hospitals and forced nursing homes to accept them.
Let that sink in.
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