Skip to comments.No Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Cause Jails To Release Inmates
Posted on 12/25/2012 7:44:37 PM PST by Lancey Howard
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) A scenario that police in western Oregon feared came true in the thick of holiday season after two dozen inmates were freed from a county jail that could no longer afford to hold them.
Less than an hour after one low-level offender walked out, authorities say, he was demanding that a bank teller hand over money.
In a time of budget cuts, cases where inmates get out of jail with little punishment only to commit more serious crimes shortly after their release have become all too common, authorities say.
Many in law enforcement predicted this would happen, and it could get worse if the nation goes over the so-called fiscal cliff.
So why don’t we utilize the death penalty? Stupid liberals.
Is it any wonder civilized people are stocking up on guns and ammo?
Why not lay off some of the useless staff that are friends and contributors and political appointees, instead of exposing the public to criminals?
Why? Because it's for EFFECT, NOT because of a shortage that can't be handled without risk.
Think of the savings to gov't and society.
I forgot to check the ‘excerpt’ box.
Sorry about that.
To read the rest of the article, just click the AP link below the thread title.
How would the death penalty have any bearing on this story?
As usual, when the government leeches are threatened by budget cuts, they warm that police and firemen will be laid off, or in this case, violent prisoners will be set free. Why not fire the hordes of “non-essential” paper pushers that take off during a snow storm instead? No one misses them....which is why that threat is never made.
Liberals want to lock people up, not execute them. They constantly whine that keeping murderers behind bars is more humane and cost effective. But now they are threatening to release convicts into the streets.
Instead of releasing these low level offenders, perhaps we should shoot them instead. The odds are that would lead to some real, long term savings to society.
There’s the entire staff of the EPA and Dept. of Education, that could be sent home tomorrow, with only positive results.
So, this type of legislative blackmail is crap, and the perps ought to be FIRED as well!
Let’s face it, the Federal government actions do NOTHING to “protect the environment” or “educate” ANYONE!
The primary responsibility of the federal government is national security. Similarly, the primary responsibility of local government is public safety.
Ergo, fire, police and jail budgets are the last that should be cut.
Obviously, Lane County, Oregon -- a notoriously liberal county -- has a different set of priorities.
Why don't they keep all the employees and just reduce their salaries by 5 or 10 percent?
They won't do that because releasing prisoners is their way of extorting more "revenue" from the taxpayers.
What on earth does a county jail have to do with funding of the federal behemoth?
Maybe we should drop the focus on malum prohibidum crimes, and focus on those crimes where individual rights are violated.
Release them and put the real criminals, Obama, Holder, Pelosi, and Reid, where they belong.
After all, the goobermint does have its priorities.
Besides, goobermint officials can empathize easily with criminals these days.
Local, State and the Federal governments pigged out on good times while no one was paying enough attention, expanding their scope of work (fifdoms) and the number of government employees.
Whole areas of “rule” have to be dissolved. The government has to be studied and the scope of work cut big time so they can maintain basic services and infrastructure. In an effort to raise taxes to keep the suckers’ gig going, they will threaten the public by releasing criminals on us. Many have no ethics at all. It’s just self service.
It’s a mess.
Besides, goobermint officials can empathize easily with criminals these days
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Actually, the real criminals don’t like the competition the pols give them.
There is a ‘love-hate’ relationship, and yes, their is honor among thieves, at least a professional courtesy, much like sharks and lawyers have for each other.
YOU CAN’T TELL THE PLAYERS WITHOUT A SCORECARD.
“Similarly, the primary responsibility of local government is public safety.”
And like a myriad of other “federal government intrusions,” “giving federal dollars to local and state LEO’s gets us to where we are today. It is time that the governments from the state on down got off the fed gov tit! We’re going to end up like Mexico, where LEO’s get free gas and ammunition and have to go out and “earn” their keep. But the public isn’t all stupid. Just look at gun sales and you know that a lot of people are reading the tea leaves.
The liberal CBS news is certainly straining for a story.
These prisoners were released November 30th. NOT during “holiday season” as claimed by the article. Obviously the timing was off so they decided to sit on the facts until Christmas Day.
No fiscal cliff deal could cause government to live within its means.
Ah, the beauty of blackmailing the local communities while demonizing the Republicans in DC. Sadly, the libtards will bark and clap like the seals they are.
This is a scare tactic to get people to approve more taxes.
Can’t see how this admin and the msm can possibly spin this to blame Bush. This is soley the blame of hussein.
They won’t blame Bush. That role has been taken over by “this stonewalling Republican Congress”
Oh, come on!! PEOPLE WON’T BE ABLE TO GET THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS!! MILK PRICES WILL DOUBLE!! TAX REFUNDS COULD BE DELAYED!! and now it’s PRISONERS COULD BE RELEASED!!
Scare tactic after scare tactic.
Good. Let the liberal "men without chests" (as CS Lewis put it) deal with these inmates, many of whom should have been put to death, not put in jail.