Defunding the Police and Criminal Justice Reform movements have raised the specter of societal disintegration again. While some bails are set too high, the outrageous and unthinking application of “cash bail is bad” is a ticking time bomb. Law-abiding citizens are outraged by double-digit increases in violent crime in Democrat-run cities.
The Waukesha parade shooter was a career criminal. Darrell Brooks was convicted of aggravated battery in Wisconsin in 2000. The long list of related sentences amounts to 5.5 years probation. He was arrested six months into his probation for a concealed weapon, cocaine, and “obstructing an officer.” After all, the state should have given him “three hots and cot” at no cost to him. But it was all deemed “non-criminal,” and the “disposition” was not reported. He obstructed officers, stole a car, and had another drug offense two years after his first conviction. That’s two felonies, but “no prosecution.” A year later, he was convicted of resisting arrest and sentenced to drum roll please five years of drum roll again probation. Brooks didn’t even get a warning.
Brooks was arrested in 2010 for domestic battery with strangulation and suffocation. Even the #MeToo movement should call for his head. He was convicted but sentenced to three years of probation. Then there’s resisting arrest, parole violations, and failure to appear. They all should have ended his probation and sent him to the crossbar hotel. And a prison sentence would have changed his life and possibly spared his drive-through victims. But we won’t know.
This crime list is instructive. Some people should never be free in civil society if they are willing to cause horrific injuries and take lives without remorse. Ordinary citizens must be protected from the raw evil of first-time offenders. The Waukesha suspect could have been apprehended long before he killed six people. Most of his “convictions” were probably guilty pleas with probation if you read between the lines.
If a person on probation commits a crime and seeks a plea deal, the existing probation must be converted to a prison sentence before a new probationary period can begin. Consider the case of a person on probation for a felony who is arrested for a felony against persons (not property). Repeat offenders would be removed from the streets, preventing new crimes while on bail.