Stop the presses: As our collective world strives desperately to know more about the universe, it appears California has stumbled onto a jaw-dropping truth.
Those of you with a voracious appetite for information will be stunningly satiated to learn that, as it turns out, criminals tend to commit crime.
The axiom-excavating state unearthed the news via a spanking statistic delivered by The Orange County Register.
As you may have heard, those handed control of the Golden State’s prison population deemed it a smashing idea to give prisoners an early release. The reason: to fight the coronavirus.
Magnificent move — nothing says “societal health” like more crooks among us.
And in the case of some of those let loose, their crime was of a sexual sort.
In April, LA’s CBS2 megaphoned that “seven high-risk registered sex offenders were…released months early in the statewide effort to reduce the jail population to slow the spread of coronavirus.”
Their convictions ranged from indecent exposure to sexual battery to child molestation.
As per the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, each man then cut off or tampered with his monitor so as to be off the tracking grid.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer profiled the players:
“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend. They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses.”
“These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break,” he added.
Well, Todd’s theory has what you might call been proven correct.
From the Register:
A half dozen sex offenders whose early release from local lockup for parole violations drew condemnation from Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer are back behind bars after authorities allege they once again broke the terms of their release.
That would be, six out of seven.
In the state’s defense, you know what they say — 14% ain’t bad.
And don’t misunderstand — those 6 (or “sex,” in Latin) repeat offenders weren’t put back in cuffs for carnal capers. This time around, the fellas have indulged in other types of turdishness:
The public defenders office has noted that the more recent recent offenses by the individuals spotlighted by Spitzer were not sex crimes, but instead crimes such as drug possession or making criminal threats. The public defenders office also noted that many parolees charge their GPS devices at county facilities that are now closed.
To be clear, Todd wasn’t the only one who suspected releasing sex criminals may not be a genius move.
Santa Ana Concilman Phil Bacerra was also not ridiculous.
Here he is:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken the appropriate steps to responsibly reduce the population at the Orange County Jail to help limit the spread of Coronavirus. However, there has not been a need to release additional inmates, particularly dangerous ones, from the jail. Your actions jeopardize the safety and well-being of our community.”
That was from a letter to Commissioner Joe Dane.
But the commish can’t comment:
Dane has not commented on the criticism, with Orange County judicial officials pointing to legal and ethical restrictions that bar judges or commissioners from speaking about active criminal cases. Since Dane is an appointed commissioner, not a sitting judge, the DA’s office is now using its right to object to his overseeing parole violations involving sex offenders.
Meanwhile, as inmates have been uncooped to keep West Coasters healthy, a San Diego supervisor’s claimed only 6 of that area’s reported 194 reported coronavirus deaths were actually caused by COVID-19.
Regardless, California may seem over its head, but you have to understand the state’s dilemma: How do you keep people from going places, make sure senior citizens don’t sit in chairs, keep all but one person out of each swimming pool, arrest protestors who protest your ban on protests, and at the same time manage a liberal release of child molesters and assault convicts?
It’s a multi-tasking mystery, indeed.
Let’s hope they get it all figured out.
But congrats on everything so far.
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