I Guess Illinois Doesn’t Have a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law

A violent felon, out on parole, is accused of acting like a violent felon. CWB Chicago: Now Charged With Robbing Boystown Resident, Lifelong Felon Is On Parole For Beating Man With A Brick

Barners is charged with one count of felony robbery and has been ordered held without bail by Judge Stephanie Miller.

On May 20, 2014, Barners was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after he beat a man in the head with a brick in the 900 block of West School Street. Barners pleaded guilty, received a six-year sentence, and was paroled in May 2017.

His history of violent crime dates back to the Reagan Administration. He has done time for multiple instances of aggravated battery, home invasion, narcotics, and other crimes. Do you think he will reform? I don’t.

When people tell me how bad the “tough on crime” laws are, and how “three strikes and you’re out” is unfair, I love to cite cases like this. What is fair to the guy who got hit in the hear with a brick? What is fair to the guy who got robbed this time around? And what will he do to his next victim, and is that fair?


In Defenseless-victim Zones, Burglars Don’t Worry About “Occupied Dwellings”

Because the residents pose no threat. CWB Chicago: Boystown: Brazen Burglars Bust Into Two Occupied Apartments On Halsted Street

And while Chicago is no longer a defenseless-victim-zone by way of the law, most residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown are disarmed because they are too liberal to believe in guns.

And You Wonder Why Chicago Has a Crime Problem

They keep having to let people go with misdemeanor charges because they can’t get fingerprints on recovered guns tested fast enough. Again: Felon Chased, Gun Recovered, But Charges Are Spiked Due To Slow Fingerprint Testing

For the second time in two weeks, 19th District (Town Hall) cops have chased after a suspect, found a handgun, and then watched as the arrestee went free on misdemeanor charges because the city couldn’t provide timely fingerprint analysis of the recovered weapon.

Is this a bug in the system or feature? In Chicago, it is hard to tell, because it is unlikely that he would be hit with a federal gun charge – which could mean serious time at a federal prison. Why? Because that isn’t the way Chicago rolls.

He was arrested for trespassing and resisting police. They found a loaded gun along his attempted escape route but couldn’t get the fingerprints checked in time, so prosecutors settled on the 2 misdemeanor charges.

And while all of this is going on, he is out on bail on a couple of cases.

Following Essex’s arrest last Friday, prosecutors did not bother filing a motion for violation of bail bond in either of his pending felony cases.

Why? Because that isn’t how Cook County rolls.

Catch-and-Release really doesn’t work as a crime-prevention strategy.

More on the Lack of Consequences and Recidivism

JusticeWhat do you do when the consequences meted out by the Justice System don’t seem to convince people to stop being bad actors?

11 days after being released on probation. That was when he committed a crime for which he was arrested. 3 charged in Loop CTA pedestrian tunnel robbery – Chicago Tribune

On February 4th he was given 24 months probation after serving less than a year for beating and robbing a man last April. On February 13th he was caught on video and eventually arrested for beating and robbing a 17-year-old. When he was arrested he was also free on a “signature bond” for “retail theft” from a store in downtown Chicago. (Shouldn’t committing a crime void probation?)

The 17-year-old boy who was the victim told police that Sawyer and other men or boys confronted him in a CTA pedestrian tunnel and demanded his property, then hit him, injuring his mouth, and took his belongings, police said. Among the items stolen was a designer belt, police have said.

Apparently, there is a group of 4 or 5 individuals targeting riders on Chicago’s metro transport.

In another story of parole gone wrong, this is the kind of story that would get some people to consider public transportation akin to picking up hitchhikers. Woman found unconscious on CTA Blue Line train; parolee now charged in robbery – Chicago Tribune

Darvin Harris, charged with robbery, appeared in Cook County bond court for the Feb. 5 attack that happened at 8:30 p.m. after the woman and Harris boarded the same empty Blue Line train car at the Oak Park stop, heading downtown, prosecutors said in court.

Harris was then seen on CTA surveillance footage exiting at the Cicero Avenue station with the victim’s belongings, including an iPad and wallet, prosecutors said. The victim was discovered by CTA personnel three stops later at the Western Avenue station.

She had suffered blunt force trauma.

He was a “convicted felon with a history of aggravated robberies,” and he was out on parole. He served about half of a 13 year sentence from 2011 before being granted parole. Before that he was sentenced to 4 years in 2008.

Chicago – and few other places – need to figure this out. Because things are going from bad to worse.

Chicago Has Discovered That Crime Doesn’t Just Happen in “Other Kinds of Places”

It wasn’t that long ago, you could start a comment storm by noting that the murder rate in Chicago was on the rise. People would fall all over themselves to EMPHASIZE that crime was not an issue in THEIR neighborhoods, but only in those other “bad” areas. CWB Chicago: “Unthinkable”: Loop Violent Crime Up 97%, But Rahm Has CUT The Number Of Cops There

But that wasn’t likely to last.

A CWBChicago analysis of crime in the Loop found a disturbing five-year trend of increasing crime. Particularly concerning is an irrefutable 97% surge of violent crime in the downtown neighborhood that includes Chicago jewels like the central business district, theater district, and Millenium Park.

And it isn’t just (or even mostly) that there are fewer police in the Loop, though that would seem to be contributing to the problem. The root cause of the issue is that there are no consequences. People are arrested and released – even on gun crimes. You could add a million police. Under those conditions, they would all be fighting a losing battle.

And Chicago Wonders Why It Has a Crime Problem

JusticeIf you don’t punish criminals, you are not going to stop crime. Most juveniles charged with armed carjackings let go in 24 hours, records show | Chicago Sun-Times

There were a 1000 carjackings in Chicago last year. That is up from 600 and some in 2016. It is a major problem. It isn’t limited to any part of the city but hits everyone. Including the mayor, Rahm Emmanuel.

Last week, former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, who’s considering a run for mayor, criticized Emanuel for failing to take control of the problem. McCarthy said “criminals are getting released immediately after arrest. Many times, they’re not being prosecuted. If there’s no sanction, what the hell?”

What the hell indeed.

Go take a look. Lots of good statistics about how armed felons are released and then re-arrested for another gun charge.

“Crime has to have consequences,” said Smith, a former federal prosecutor whose ward includes the Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park. “We’re not helping our community and we’re not helping our kids. We’re not even giving them a ‘time out’ for carrying a gun.”

If you make something more expensive, you will see less of it. Right now the cost of crime in Chicago is VERY low. [Hat tip to Second City Cop]

UPDATE: More on the same subject from Crime In Wrigleyville & Boystown. CWB Chicago: Guess What Happens When A City Doesn’t Treat Serious Crimes Seriously?