January 3, 2010
What is "the most violent city per capita in America"?
Click here to find out. The article linked provides these explanations for why the city wins this unfortunate honor:
“Our 30-year crime history is appalling,” said [local] Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas.... “You can’t do more with less.” Thomas identified reductions in police, more lenient state sentencing guidelines and a disproportionately low number of prosecutors in [this] County versus similar cities as key factors in [its] crime rate....
Law enforcement is key to protecting the public, Thomas said. But even if the court system had the resources to fully prosecute all criminals, legislators still sometimes render impotent the system’s potential to enact justice.
“Our sentencing guidelines tie some of our judge’s hands behind their backs,” he said, removing the judge’s leeway in imposing a sentence and often resulting in shorter sentence benefiting the convict. Thomas said first-offense felons go to prison less than 10 percent of the time in [the state]. Based on the number of parolees Thomas’s office prosecutes, many convicts are released from prison early, Thomas said.
I will provide a hint (and perhaps stir up some controversy) by noting that the state in which this city resides does not have the death penalty.
January 3, 2010 at 01:37 PM | Permalink
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"Despite an overall increase in violent crime through 2008, the number of recorded homicides this year, 13, is the third lowest number recorded this decade."
So do you support capital punishment for ALL violent crime, or did you just overlook this sentence?
Posted by: 4thAm | Jan 4, 2010 9:15:25 AM
Maybe Saginaw could use more police and prosecutors, but is that really the underlying cause of its crime problem? I sincerely doubt it. That would be sort of like saying inadequate medical treatment and lack of antibiotics was the root cause of a cholera outbreak in a war-torn, impoverished country.
Posted by: Anon | Jan 6, 2010 4:57:59 PM