Thursday, October 12, 2006

Judge Eloise misses bail

Judge Charles "The Gangta's Friend" Eloise has been temporarily removed from the bench by the Louisiana State Supreme Court. It's about time.

I still don't understand how, in the middle of a crime wave, anyone commiting a crime of any consequence can walk out of lockup on the same day.

This is an important first step in stopping the recent madness.

As I said before: This. Must. Stop. It's not as if it's rocket science. Lock up the bad guys as soon as we catch them. We don't have to harrass every person standing on the street corner a la Guiliani in New York. Just lock up people who merit arrest. Keep them locked up until trial. Put anyone using (or even carrying) a gun faway or a long, long time.

If we can't get rid of people like Eloise and and Jourdan and Riley and their enablers like Nagin and Jefferson via the ballot, I'm increasingly in favor of torches and a rope.

This crime wave is just freakin' scary. I hate to say it, but I'm glad I'm in Baton Rouge right now.
It may not be rocket science, Mark, but it sure as hell costs money. There have been people held in jail for over a year on offenses that carry 60 day maximums because there's nowhere near enough people to process them.

Before Katrina, no one was willing to fund a decent justice system (the defender's office was funded by traffic tickets!). Now, we're not able to do it. We don't have the cash on hand.

So your 'simple' solution has an unfortunate feature -- it's very expensive. The 'rocket science' is in figuring out how to get it funded.
The FBI figures on recidivism provide a sense that an extreme minority of perpetrators commit the majority of offenses. One half of previous offenders re-commit crimes within six months of being released from prison; two thirds withing three years. Those are the ones who *are caught*. Prison does work, if for no other reason than it keeps the people off the streets who have decided that there is nothing they won't do to innocent people for their own benefit. I don't know about whether the recidivism rate says anything about how the penal system doesn't offer opportunities for reform -- I just know that bad people need to be locked up.
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