Lack of consequences equals no deterrent.
So far this year, [the miscreant in question has] been charged with felony burglary, released on a recognizance bond, charged with criminal damage to property and assault, released on another recognizance bond, charged with battery, released on a third recognizance bond, charged with battery and obstruction of identification, released on a fourth recognizance bond, and pleaded guilty to battery in exchange for a sentence of six months court supervision. And that was all before the Fourth of July.
He was finally held when he robbed a 12-year-old (he stole the kid’s bike) and burglarized a home. He was on MULTIPLE recognizance bonds when he committed these crimes. After all of that, he was ordered held without bail August 7th.
Then there is an actual lack of sentencing. Court update: Prolific bike thief pleads guilty to 12 burglaries; Another man gets 3 years for slashing teen’s throat.
Let’s concentrate on the throat-slashing, though the other examples (more than the two listed in the headline) are also good examples.
A convicted felon who was accused of slashing a 17-year-old boy’s throat because the teen and his girlfriend were “taking up too much sidewalk” has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Chevazz Campbell, the victim, and a 16-year-old girl were walking on the 400 block of West Roosevelt last October when Campbell allegedly became enraged that the teens were walking side-by-side. After insisting that the couple was taking up too much space on the sidewalk, Campbell pulled out a box cutter and cut the boy’s throat, prosecutors said.
Three aggravated battery charges were condensed into one by the judge. He was sentenced to three years, and given credit for time served (230+ days) They don’t say when he will be available for parole, but in less than a year I’m guessing.
If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it, even if that something is crime.