The Number of Repeat Felony Offenders Indicted by the Grand Jury so far in 2014.
The Total Number of Prior Criminal Convictions Committed by These Repeat Offenders.
The Average Number of Convictions for each Repeat Offender.
With a Criminal Record Like That, These Offenders Should Have Been in Custody. BUT THEY WEREN’T! They Were Still on our Streets!
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“It costs too much to incarcerate criminals. We must release them from prison” That was the chant of Kentucky Legislators, law school professors, criminal defense lawyers, and anti-punishment, liberal think-tanks in Washington, D.C. leading up to the 2011 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly
And in that Legislative Session, and over the protests of prosecutors and police, the criminal-friendly House Bill 463 was passed by a nearly unanimous Legislature. The goal of that law was to significantly reduce the numbers of incarcerated criminals in our prisons and jails.
“Let prison inmates out early, or don’t send them in the first place,” was the clear intent of House Bill 463. Criminal defense lawyer honored the authors of this criminal-friendly law as “Heroes.” The criminals themselves loved it. And why shouldn’t they love it, it kept them out of prison and on our streets.
As usual Kentucky’s prosecutors and police and crime victims must deal with the many, unintended consequences of this of the criminal-friendly law passed by our Legislature almost unanimously.
The WINNERS under HB 463 ?
Over the weekend, I ran into a friend who lives in the Winburn neighborhood. He said he went to the store on 3rd & Race streets and ran into a friend.
The man was angry. His anger was directed at me because so many young criminals, who commit crimes do not go to jail, but are released and put right back on our streets.
Those criminals are:
I can understand the man’s anger. He is entitled to feel as safe in his neighborhood as most of the Judges feel in their neighborhoods.
RAY the D.A. Says: