Orange County, CA — Over the past two months, non-violent inmates have been released from prisons across the country in an attempt to prevent massive outbreaks behind bars. Some law enforcement officials have raised concerns over releasing people in jail for marijuana possession, but they've largely been ignored thanks to common sense. However, law enforcement sources in New York and California are justified in their concerns as dangerous "high-risk" child rapists have been released.
The number of guards and inmates testing positive for COVID-19 continues to rise across the country — though deaths remain low. As we reported in March, it was only a matter of time before someone who is not exhibiting symptoms brings it in to one of the many prisons across the country. As the multiple cruise ship outbreaks illustrate, once the virus enters a closed space, it explodes and not just on the cruise ship.
Across the country, jails have been moving to set prisoners free. In LA county, inmates with 30 days or less on their sentences were set free. Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated that the department will also limit arrests to only dangerous suspects, decreasing the re-entry level. Also, anyone with a bail of $50,000 or less is being let out.
In New York, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said low-level offenses that don't jeopardize public safety will not be prosecuted at all during the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities are also moving to release certain demographics from the prisons as well.
In Greece, New York, however, officials announced in March that they will be releasing child rapists, raising concerns among many. And now, Orange County, California is doing the same.
On Tuesday, residents of Orange County were issued a warning by District Attorney Todd Spitzer, letting them know that seven registered sex offenders who he said were “high-risk” were recently released from custody.
KTLA reports, Spitzer said the convicted men spent “just days” in jail instead of the six months required by law for those registered as sex offenders. Illustrating the reckless nature of such a decision is the fact that all of these violent sex offenders had also been charged with cutting off their GPS monitors or tampering with their tracking devices.
The DA called the men “the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to reoffend.”
“These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break,” he said.
“It is not the court’s responsibility to control the jail population by releasing these dangerous criminals back into our communities,” the DA said. “The residents of Orange County deserve to have the peace of mind that registered sex offenders are being held accountable and not just let out the front door of a jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law.”
On top of the court knowing these men had convictions for tampering with their ankle monitors, all seven of these men have violent criminal records, and five of the seven have been arrested for criminal sex acts against children.
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This is the exact same thing that unfolded in New York in March.
As TFTP reported in March, multiple sex offenders were released from the Monroe County Jail as part of a statewide order coming from The Department of Corrections and Community Services– or DOCCS.
Just like in Orange County, the release of the dangerous rapists perplexed even the chief of police.
“It doesn’t make any sense. If you could present an argument to me that makes sense, I’m willing to listen. But this doesn’t make any sense,” Patrick Phelan, the Greece Chief of Police, said.
The inmates were moved to the Holiday Inn Express after the DOCCS was ordered to release low-level technical parole violators. But as stated above, these are not 'low level' offenders.
As WROC points out, among the inmates known to be staying at the Holiday Inn Express are four registered sex offenders. Three of whom are registered as level 3 sex offenders and are deemed by New York courts as most likely to re-offend. All three of the level 3 sex offenders staying at the Holiday Inn Express have been convicted for the rape of minors.
“We weren’t told by anyone,” Phelan said. “I think good practice would be if you’re going to release convicted felons. Some of them very violent some of those level 3 sex offenders, You might want to give law enforcement the heads up.”
While TFTP originally applauded the release of low-level drug offenders and those who were rotting in cages for victimless crimes, the idea of releasing violent child rapists shocks the conscience. What's more, we'd be willing to bet that there are still a lot of people in jail whose crimes have no victim, yet child rapists are being set free.
Adding insult to societal endangerment is the fact that as jails release high-risk child rapists, innocent business owners are being arrested for violating states' orders to shut down. A friend of mine, Ryan Scott is being criminally charged for keeping his doors open to allow customers in his store. Over the past two weeks, Scott has been repeatedly harassed by police and it came to a head on Thursday when he noted that he'd been criminally charged.
Scott is not alone either. A salon owner is facing the possibility of being jailed for cutting the hair of willing customers. Two women in Texas were arrested for painting nails and trimming eye brows out of their homes — 'hero' cops even went undercover to catch them. Dog groomers, department store owners, and countless others have all faced the wrath of the police state and lost their freedom because government doesn't want them attempting to support themselves.
In the meantime, they are told they can take out loans or attempt to survive on a one time $1,200 check that they may or may not receive — all the while dangerous child rapists go free. This is utterly asinine and nothing short of arbitrary tyranny.
If ever you feel that the state has your interests in mind when they provide their mandatory "protection" through this system of law enforcement, consider this scenario which completely negates that idea. When a system lets child rapists go free while locking someone in a cage for attempting to be self-sufficient — that system does not have your interests in mind.