Want to know the best way to Avoid Crimes?
Lock-Up the prolific, predatory repeat offenders! That’s how!
Criminologists estimate that only about 5-6%
of the criminals commit between 60-80% of the crime.
“Avoidable Crimes” are crimes committed by repeat felony criminals while they still out-of-custody on either:
Pre-Trial Release, or
On Bond, or
On Probation, or
On Parole, or
Some Early release from prison program
If these prolific and predatory repeat offenders were sent to prison or jail serving their sentences, and were still in custody, they would not have had the opportunity to commit the crime with which they are presently charged.
1. A total of 51 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014 (that’s double the number from 2013)
2. 46 were killed with guns.
3. 10 were killed during routine traffic stops.
Not every murder in Kentucky is eligible for a Death Sentence. Only murder which are accompanied by what the law defines as an AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE. The law specifically sets out those aggravated murders which triggers the death penalty as an option for jurors. Those 8 AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES are:
1. A murder or Kidnapping by a person with a prior conviction of a Capital Offense,
The murder was committed by a person who has a substantial history of serious assaultive criminal convictions;
2. The murder was committed while the offender was engaged in the commission of:
a) Arson 1st Degree
b) Robbery 1st Degree
c) Burglary 1st Degree
d) Rape 1st Degree, or
e) Sodomy 1st Degree
3. The Offender by his act of Murder knowingly created a great risk of death to more than 1 person in a public place by means of a weapon of mass destruction.
4. The offender committed the murder for himself or another for money or profit.
5. The murder was committed by a prisoner and the victim was a prison employee in the performance of his duties.
6. The murder was intentional and resulted in multiple deaths.
7. The murder was intentional and the victim was:
a) Sate or Local public official
b) Police Officer
c) Sheriff or Dep. Sheriff
All engaged in the lawful performance of his duties.
8. The murder was of a victim who was under the protection of a domestic violence order or emergency protective order.
THAT’S THE LAW IN KENTUCKY CRIME FIGHTERS WHETHER A JUDGE OR AND EDITORIAL BOARD LIKES IT OR NOT.
IT IS CLEARLY NOT OUR PRACTICE TO PUT A PRICE TAG ON THE LIFE OF A MURDER VICTIM.
WE SIMPLY ENFORCE THE LAW.
Criminals, their Lawyers, Legislators, and Newspaper Editorial Boards have joined their voices to shout in unison: “It costs too much to incarcerate criminals.”
Who says it costs too much?
How do we know that it costs too much?
Has anyone actually asked crime victims, or the average, law-abiding citizen who works hard and pays taxes if they think it costs too much to send convicted criminals to prison?
We know how much it costs to incarcerate law-breakers, but have you ever seen a comparison of the COSTS TO INCARCERATE verses the REAL COSTS OF CRIMES committed by these criminals? No you haven’t. I haven’t either. Why not, you might ask. My guess is that these Legislators and newspaper types REALLY don’t want to know. And here’s why I thank that.
Most calculations of the Costs of Crime consider “Tangible (out-of-pocket) Losses,” such as lost earnings, medical costs. These “tangible losses” do not account for the full impact of the crime, however, because they ignore the “Intangible Losses” such as pain and suffering and loss of quality of life which are also suffered by the victim.
When only considering the tangible, out-of-pocket costs suffered by victim of a rape, as the Legislature does, the average cost would be $5,100– far less than the $17,000 annual cost of a prison cell. It should be noted that the bulk of these expenses are medical and mental health care costs to the victim.
However, when the real costs of that rape suffered by the victim are the intangible costs; the fear, the mental anguish, the loss of quality of life are quantified, the average rape costs $87,000 – – many times the cost of a prison cell.
The real cost of crime dwarfs the cost to incarcerate the criminals who commit the crimes.
BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL BOARD (made-up of only few people) BELLOWS FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR LUXURIOUS OFFICES THAT:
THE DEATH PENALTY FOR BOSTON BOMBER WOULD BE NOTHING MORE THAN “SUBSTITUTING VENGEANCE FOR JUSTICE.”
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT??