California is being run (into the ground) by leftists. One of their many ridiculous schemes was to decriminalize petty theft. Keep nonviolent offenders out of jail. They raised the amount for a felony charge for theft and guess what. Retail theft is rising.
It’s not their stuff, so why should they care?
As a parallel example of Left-wing lunacy, I’m reading “Why Meadow Died,” the story behind a father’s investigation into the root cause of the Parkland shooting that killed his daughter. Buy it and read it.
A system obsessed with perception is responsible for Nicklas Cruz. He’s the kid who killed 17 including Meadow Pollack. After you read it loan a copy to a Democrat friend who blamed it on the gun. They’ll lose their mind.
Anyway, the same thinking that created the storm that ended in all that bloodshed comes from the same brain trust behind the disarmament culture. That which results in exponentially more violent crime in Democrat cities. It is also the idea behind this genius move in California.
Proposition 47’s … stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft. The law raised the value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one thousand dollars.
The fact that the political class was incapable of foreseeing the effect of this is not surprising. That they convinced voters is alarming.
He explained these crimes have evolved into more than just shoplifting. It’s organized retail theft and he says it’s happening across the state. Cities like Vacaville, with outlets and shopping centers located near major freeways, tend to be a target for these organized retail crime rings.
Petty theft under 950 dollars is a misdemeanor in California if you get caught. No jail, a pat on the wrist, and off you go, assuming no history of violent crime. So, groups of “kids” go into stores, and they all grab stuff and run. Then get in a vehicle, and away they go. Each of them could grab up to $949.00 worth of stuff and walk away with little to no repercussion if they got caught.
Stealing has gotten quite popular. Who could have guessed? But hey, it’s keeping “kids” out of jail.
That’s what the PROMISE Program did in Broward County. They wanted to see a decrease in discipline against “people of color.” Keep ‘minority’ kids out of jail — less discipline, fewer suspensions, no referrals to the police, and no one was learning, but we still got higher graduation rates. And we get kids who can’t read or do math but know how to work the system.
Nikolas Cruz was a well-known troublemaker who under other circumstances, would have been expelled, institutionalized, or in any case incapable of legally obtaining or owning firearms.
But all that mattered to the administrators were the numbers the check writers in DC wanted to see.
They got a few numbers they didn’t want. Seventeen dead and dozens injured — a mess for which the responsible players have yet to pay any price. But then, that’s always the way with left-wing policy.
Loosen the law and you get more crime. And liberals think they are smarter than everyone else.