posted by Tina
California’s had a prison problem; the prisons are too full. The reasonable solution would be to increase prison capacity. But common sense is in short supply in the land of the nuts and the flakes. So what do we do? We let a bunch of them out. And what else do we do? Well a couple of years ago we passed Prop 47, a bill that turned many crimes into misdemeanors. For instance if a thief lifts an item (or two) that’s worth less that $950.00 he’s no criminal, oh no! He’s just a misunderstood child who’s been abused by society and needs another chance. We do not pursue him and we do not prosecute. According to a police report one thief caught with a gun worth over $600.00 was stunned when the cop issued him a misdemeanor ticket and let him continue on his way.
Thieves are taking that chance and they are getting away with it. Where’s the risk?
Theft of this nature is up in California since prop 47 passed. An FBI report claims it’s up by “12 percent” but also declared it “too early to determine what, if any, increase is due to the ballot measure.”
Those most affected disagree:
Prosecutors, police and retailers, including California Retailers Association President Bill Dombrowski and CVS Health spokesman Mike DeAngelis, say the problem is organized retail theft rings whose members are well aware of the reduced penalties.
“The law didn’t account for that,” said Capt. John Romero, commander of the LAPD’s commercial crimes division. “It did not give an exception for organized retail theft, so we’re seeing these offenders benefiting and the retailers are paying the price.”
Retailers and consumers do pay the price. The cost to retailers for theft nationwide is $42 billion. Shamefully a good portion of that theft in the United States comes from employees (42.9%). The estimated cost per household is $403 annually. Is this nation sick or what!
This soft o crime and criminals trend began in the fifties. when we fail to hold people accountable this is where we end up over time. anyone with a functioning conscience knows this. It’s time we started demanding more of each other, people.
Hat tip to Daniel Greenfield of Frontpage Magazine where you can read more on this subject in his excellent article, “California Decriminalizes Shoplifting, Shoplifting Doubles.”
Kudos to Chuck for passing this along.