They took twice as many as they did last year. But it’s only 500 out of 180,000 recruits.
That though was the lead in our local paper — the “large increase” in the number of felons that they HAD to take to “meet their numbers”.
Frankly, if they got 180,000 people last year, did they really need those last 250 to make their numbers? Unlikely.
And these aren't really hardened criminals. They are kids who make bad choices. For example: "One recruit described in news reports as a bomber actually was a young person who blew up a mailbox using a soda bottle full of gunpowder".
Hey, I blew things up when I was young, but never anything that didn't belong to me, so I didn't get in trouble.