Death By Sentencing Reform

Five People were killed and at least 40 were injured after a 39-year-old repeat felon on parole ran down participants in Waukesha, Wisconsin’s annual Christmas Parade on Sunday.  18 of the victims are children and 10 are in intensive care.  Michael Ruiz of Fox News reports that the suspect, Darrell Brooks, Jr.  had a 50 page rap sheet of criminal charges going back two decades, and was free on bail awaiting trial on charges of battery, domestic abuse, resisting arrest and bail jumping.  Current Wisconsin law does not consider these to be serious crimes and does not hold criminals in jail who were on parole or probation when they are arrested for them.  Last February Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a democrat, vetoed a bill passed by the state legislature which required offenders who commit new crimes while on parole or probation to be returned to prison or jail.  In his veto message Evans expressed his support for “policies that focus on rehabilitation and reduce incarceration, particularly the over-incarceration of poor people and people of color.”  Brooks was one of the “people of color” Evans protected from over-incarceration. 

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Sacramento, CA police arrested habitual felon Tyrice Lawurence Martin for the murders of 7-year-old Isabel Delgedillo and Clifford Hall.  Martin and his victims were black.  Katie Wermus of Newsweek reports that Martin had been given a no-bail release from jail with an ankle bracelet a month in October while awaiting trial for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  While the Deputy District Attorney asked the judge to hold Martin in jail, California law allowed to judge to turn him loose.  Last March Martin was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting great bodily injury.  Prior to California’s adoption of sentencing reforms to eliminate racial disparities, Martin would have been sent to prison for the assault conviction and held in jail on the more recent firearm charge.

These are not rare occurrences.  Habitual criminals allowed to remain on the streets under democrat-supported sentencing reforms our elected leaders told us would not increase crime and were necessary to correct racially-biased sentencing are robbing, raping and murdering law abiding people everywhere they are being enforced.  Thousands of people living in towns like Waukesha, medium sized cities like Sacramento, and large cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago and New York are being shot, stabbed, run down and killed every month by habitual criminals protected by these so-called reforms.

Democrat leaders and the national media supporting these reforms continue to tell us this is not happening, while every day people on the streets or watching the local news are seeing it with their own eyes.  The time for the public to call out these liars for what they are, and vote them out of office.

The Criminal Justice System should not be a place to advance political goals or engage in social experiments.  It should be a colorblind process which identifies people who commit crimes, and punishes them based upon their criminal history and the danger they pose to society.

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