What happens when Republicans stop being the party of law and order and instead help the Left promote the false narrative that America locks up too many criminals for too long? Well, there is then no check or balance on the behavior of the Left. Free from any fear that Republicans will ever run “soft on crime” ads against them, they are now pushing the most extreme pro-criminal laws throughout the country. Meanwhile, much as he does with amnesty legislation, Jared Kushner is trying to convince Republican donors that felons released from prison will actually vote Republican!
Far from pushing “reforms” for “non-violent, first-time, low-level” offenders – the typical canard used to propagate jailbreak legislation – the D.C. City Council is now considering a bill to let out even the worst murderers, rapists, and child sex offenders potentially after just 15 years in prison. Even the Washington Post sounded the alarm in a Sunday editorial, noting that given the lack of exceptions in the bill, “if the gunmen who massacred innocent people in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, this month had instead committed their crimes in the District — and had both survived — one would be eligible for release or reduced sentence at age 36, at a judge’s discretion; the other at age 39.”
“Residents of the District of Columbia deserve protection from the most violent criminals and to be confident those offenders receive prison sentences commensurate with the gravity of their crimes,” said the notoriously leftist paper.
D.C., like several other states, has recently enacted legislation allowing those convicted of murder as juveniles to obtain early release after 15 years, even when the judge sentences them to life without parole. Now, proponents want to expand the aggressive push for leniencies for juvenile offenders to those as old as 25. I guess they feel if you are still young enough to be on your parents’ medical insurance, you must still not be fully at fault for murder. This is yet another trend in the runaway “criminal justice reform” leniency train that is expanding its reach to the most violent criminals.
Yet I can’t find a single Republican speaking out against this or similar measures throughout the country.
Republicans could single-handedly realign American politics and win back suburban voters if they were to counter the Left’s gun control agenda with a criminal control agenda. They could force Democrats to answer tough questions on their radical views against incarcerations that don’t sell outside the halls of academia. In San Francisco, after passing a slew of pro-criminal laws, they are now changing the language to sanitize criminals with their verbiage. “Convicted felon” is now a “justice-involved person.” Rather than fighting crime, they want Americans to begin acquiescing to criminals.
In North Carolina, the liberal-dominated supreme court recently let out a child porn offender on a technicality and created a new constitutional right for serial sexual offenders to avoid GPS monitoring. In fact, many child sex offenders are barely serving any time. One illegal alien child sex offender we reported on a few weeks ago was not only let out by Boulder County against an ICE detainer, he served zero prison time.
Many violent criminals and sex offenders are either being let out early or are serving probation. Then when they violate their probation, they are seldom locked up again, but often go on to commit other violent crimes. As KIRO radio host Dori Monson reported earlier this month, despite Washington state’s three strikes law, Gov. Jay Inslee, who was briefly a token presidential candidate, has been granting them clemency. Under the law, those convicted of three violent crimes are supposed to serve time for life, but Inslee gave clemency to one convict who then violated the terms of his clemency. Inslee apparently granted him another clemency, and he has now disappeared.
This entire notion of replacing incarceration with open-ended parole has become a joke and a public safety hazard. As Chicago Tribune editorial board member, John Kass, recently noted, the Chicago probation and monitoring system has been so overrun by politicians seeking to reduce prison populations at all costs that “there are only 100 deputies monitoring the system to watch over more than 2,000 alleged criminals, many of them violent.”
Kass observes that among them, “233 were charged with aggravated battery; 198 with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon; 108 with being an armed habitual criminal; 109 with sexual assault or abuse; 21 with kidnapping; and 109 with murder or attempted murder.” He wrote about one case of a gun felon caught with a 30-round capacity magazine who manipulated the GPS monitoring system designed to track him. He got let out on bail after paying just $9,000.
Remember, the very same people who want to push gun control and bans on extended magazines refuse to lock up those convicted of violent crimes who are caught illegally with those magazines! It’s the perfect rebuttal Republicans can use to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the Left, except they have bought into this agenda too.
According to Axios, Jared Kushner recently told a group of Republican donors at a Wyoming retreat that felons are registering to vote Republican. It’s hard to tell which promise is more absurd – that convicted felons will vote Republicans or that “Dreamers” will reward Republicans for joining Democrats in giving them amnesty. Why would they vote for an echo of the Soros agenda when they can vote for the real thing? And what about all those Americans who aren’t convicted felons but must suffer from Kushner’s jailbreak agenda helping fuel Soros’ life goals?
It’s time the public finally became aware of the fact that this “criminal justice reform” movement is built on a lie and has nothing to do with low-level offenders. As the Washington Post noted in the Sunday editorial, “If they want to slash sentences for violent offenders — many or most of whom are in their 20s — let them make that case clearly and honestly.” But this entire movement is built upon deceit and working in the shadows.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.