The police and justice reform movement discredits itself when nut job politicians and advocates take things ways too far.
Rather than making a case for altering the prosecution of minor drug offenses, focusing on small-town rural or suburban drug use and policing, and even changing specific mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, certain NYC politicians seem to think that violent criminals are going to become upstanding citizens if we just loved them more.
There is a flood of crime in New York City. The survivors of savage attacks often cannot bear to testify against their assailants, let alone consider reconciliation. Forgiveness is something each person must come to terms with. It is mainly between them and God. Forgiving someone helps you avoid bitterness, anger, and self-pity. But it is not something that can be mandated by government fiat to assure legal reforms and pet projects.
Woke policies are not just crazy. They are dangerous.
New York City Democratic Tiffany Cabán wants to change our jail and prison system because a cage is torture for brutal lawbreakers. As a communist city council member, Cabán has received tacit voter support to pursue this insane plan. She is following in the ideological footsteps of outgoing Mayor Bill DeBlasio. The people of the Big Apple seem to approve of the most recent crime wave. Maybe this is a new plan for the city to create “criminal tourism.”
Cabán seeks to replace jails with therapy programs where domestic abuse and violence survivors are paid to allow their aggressors to go free. How does this not feed into the pathologies of family abuse and victimization? In Cabán’s 48-page plan, she offers a method to alter public safety for New York City. You may think that she would like to improve policing and make the city safer. But you would be wrong.
If nobody goes to prison, families can work things out, even if the boyfriend or husband repeatedly beat his girlfriend or wife. Cabán thinks that networks of kindhearted people will be enabled to assist victims of violent crime. Instead of arresting criminals and putting them in prisons, we can set up counseling sessions. You might believe that the ship has sailed, and efforts to mediate disputes have failed when blood is being splattered on the kitchen floor. But once again, according to Cabán, you would be wrong.
Cabán thinks that jails are not needed. Prisons can be replaced with “Violence Mediation Centers.” Again, her magical thinking includes a chant of new definitions and words used instead of supporting police and a criminal justice system intent on stopping violence itself.
In many ways, Cabán takes the recommendations of Michelle Alexander in her book The New Jim Crow to their logical conclusion. If jail is the problem, then alternatives to prison are needed. The fact that convicted felons commit crimes at a greater rate than non-violent offenders does not phase them.
She implies that police are abusive and execute vengeance and hatred against individuals. Wrongdoers, criminals, convicts, murderers, felons, imprisoned individuals, does it matter what words we use to describe someone who has opted out of society. Cabán gives suggestions on how to deal with vicious crooks like muggers. The victim needs to get therapy, and then they must participate in restorative justice circles. What better way to spend a Wednesday night than telling the person who almost killed you everything? Maybe you can figure out what you did to cause the attack.
She also thinks the women who survive domestic violence should get compensated by the state through the New York Violence Response Fund. You cannot make this junk up.
Not everyone is energetic about communist open society criminal justice reform, but more people will have to leave New York City before this nonsense stops.