A few reasons that quickly come to mind are the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments. Criminals or not the criminals and the accused have rights and for sure those rights should not be violated.
Liken their rights to our 2nd amendment rights, the gov gets a foot in the door to trample the 4th amendment rights of Dopey McSmokey, then next week they get a leg in the door on the other side of the county to trample on Smokey McDopey. Before long they've have two legs in the door of every household including the non accused.
Like it or not rights are rights for everyone.
To quote Chicago's Top Cop, Eddy Johnson, "my cops DO arrest them."
Recently, Mayor Lightfoot FINALLY acknowledge it is not just the guns, but catch and release.
There are constitutional rights to own arms, to have reasonable bail, and to have a jury trial, but there is no right to parole or probation.
On 9/22/75, Sara Jane Moore tried to assassinate the President of the United States. Moore was sentenced to life in prison for trying to assassinate the President of the United States. After serving 30 years of her life sentence, Moore is enjoying parole as you read this.
SHE IS NOT AN EXCEPTION!
Two and a half weeks earlier, on 9/5/75, Manson Family member and whack job if there ever was one, Squeaky Fromme tried to assassinate the President of the United States. She too was sentenced to life in prison for trying to assassinate the President of the United States. After serving less than 34 years of her life sentence, Fromme is enjoying parole as you read this (she lives with her convicted killer boyfriend in a house decorated with skulls).
On 7/28/80, a drunken Clarence Busch killed 13-year-old Cari Lightner in a hit-and-run incident. Busch had been released on bail two days earlier, for a previous hit-and-run drunk driving crash -- after being convicted in two previous drunk driving incidents with a third one plea-bargained down to a "reckless accident".
At the time of Cari's killing, Busch still held a valid drivers license.
In 1979, Patrick Purdy was arrested for extortion and possession of dangerous weapons. In 1980, Purdy was arrested for sex crimes. In 1982, he was arrested for drugs. In 1983, weapons, again. In 1983 again, stolen property. In 1984, attempted robbery. In 1987, weapons again -- and resisting arrest.
In 1988, Purdy passed a 15 day California background check and was given a permit to buy an AK-47.
On 1/17/89, Purdy entered the playground of the Cleveland Elementary School and killed 5 children and wounded 29 other children and one teacher with that AK-47.
As he slept in a rest stop, James Jordan was killed by two punks with a gun. One was out after serving 24 months of a 6 year sentence for taking an axe to a teenage girl (note: he was released less than a month before the murder, if he had served 25 months, Jordan might still be alive); the other was out after jumping bail FOR THE SECOND TIME on charges that he took a brick to the head of an old lady (note: while there is a right to bail, there is no right to bail jumping -- if he had been held after the first bail jump, Jordan might still be alive).
When they approached that car, they knew they could kill that sleeping Black man and get away with it. Maybe they had before, or maybe they knew of others who had. And they were right -- until it was established that the unknown Black man was the father of a famous basketball player. It was only then that the criminal justice system came after them in earnest.
After Norman Mailer wrote the "The Executioner's Song", Jack Abbott (who was in prison for forgery, escape, bank robbery, and killing a fellow inmate) contacted Mailer and offered to write a book about prison life. Abbott's book was titled "In the Belly of the Beast".
Mailer was so impressed by Abbott's work, that he sponsored his parole and brought the convicted killer to New York City where he became a celebrity in the literary circles that Mailer frequented.
On 7/18/81, six weeks after being released, Abbott killed a waiter, Richard Adan, with a knife.
Even after Adan's murder, Abbott was openly supported by celebrities.
Although Mailer later admitted it was a mistake, at the time he was arrogant about his protege's fall from grace. "Art demands risks", he insisted.
On 6/20/72, Joseph Yandle and Edward Fielding murdered Joe Reppucci. Both were sentenced to life without parole. On 10/11/97, Joseph Yandle was paroled.
On 3/9/63, police officer Ian Campbell was executed by Jimmy Lee Smith and Gregory Powell.
"The Onion Field" murder commanded front page headlines all over the nation. The Joseph Wambaugh novel about the crime and trial was made into a movie (Ted Danson played the executed police officer, Ian Campbell).
On 9/12/63, Smith and Powell were sentenced to death for the cold-blooded, execution style murder of an on-duty, uniformed, police officer.
In 1967, their convictions were voided because of Miranda.
In the retrial that ran from January of 1968 to November of 1969 (and you thought OJ Simpson's 15 month trial was something), Smith and Powell were sentenced to life in prison.
On 2/24/82, Jimmy Lee Smith was paroled.
On 2/14/2018, Nikolas Cruz shot up the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. CNN reported that in the months leading up to the massacre, at least 45 calls were made to the sheriff's office about Cruz and his family. Sheriff Scott Israel says the number involving Nikolas was 23. Because of behavior and threats, Cruz was transferred to six different schools in three years -- and expelled once. Two school counselors recommenced him for involuntary commitment.
Four years prior, on 11/5/2013, the Broward County School Board and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel signed an agreement with the NAACP that, among other things, stated:
WHEREAS ... the use of arrests and referrals to the criminal justice system may decrease a student’s chance of graduation, entering higher education, joining the military, and getting a job ...
Before making an arrest of a student for misbehavior ... a law enforcement officer shall follow the steps ...
STEP 7. After exhausting all of the above options, the officer may consider placing the student under arrest.
Despite the numerous red-flags, Cruz never made it to Step 7, an arrest. Consequently, with a clean record, he passed an FBI-run background check, and was legally entitled to buy two AR-15 style rifles.
On 4/11/2019, District Attorney John Creuzot, wrote a letter "To the People of Dallas County". Among other things it stated:
My office has made tremendous strides in these last 90 days, and I am proud to announce the following reforms ... Criminalizing poverty is counter-productive for our community’s health and safety. For that reason, this office will not prosecute theft of personal items less than $750 unless the evidence shows that the alleged theft was for economic gain ...
On 4/16/2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 336-19, among other things the resolution stated:
WHEREAS, People with criminal records are part of our communities, schools, workplaces, and places of worship; and ... Dehumanizing language like "prisoner," "convict," "inmate," or "felon" only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal ...
The resolution went on to ban the use of the above words in government communications.
We live in a society that refuses to hold people accountable even as it watches them become monsters. We live in a society that cares more about the criminal's future prospects than the victim's quality of life. We live in a society where a sentence of six years can be sentence of two years, and where a sentence of life without parole is only a figure of speech. We live in a society where a life sentence for an extraordinarily high-profile execution of an on-duty, uninformed police officer will not keep a person out of your community for 20 years.
H.L. Mencken wrote in 1916: Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
Edited by Skolnick, 27 August 2019 - 10:39 AM.