A Big Win For Criminal Justice Reform In Texas
Article from The Washington Free Beacon by David Rutz.
The city council of Austin, Texas, unanimously passed a resolution last week directing police to make fewer arrests for non-violent crimes.
The measure directs police to avoid arrests for misdemeanors, including those for “smoking marijuana, having drug paraphernalia, and taking part in petty theft,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Greg Casar, an Austin City Councilman, pushed for the resolution because he said the non-violent arrests targeted minorities.
“Poor people of color in our city are over-punished and over-incarcerated,” Casar said. “If people are being arrested less, we can also prevent people from being put in the deportation pipeline.”
Read the entire article at Reason.
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That’s not justice, criminal or any other kind of “reform”; it’s destruction of the Rule of Law and ignoring CRIME: nothing more or less, and it can ONLY breed MORE crime and criminals!
Couple of interesting points here.
1. Are the acts referenced a violation of existing law?
2. If they are, then any persons found in violation should be arrested and prosecuted.
3. Should it turn out that violators are predominately members of a particular group, then that group and it’s “leadership” needs to take a close look at itself.