by Josh Hammer
The long and disturbing rap sheet of Frank James, the black nationalist New York City subway shooter arrested on Wednesday and charged by federal prosecutors with one count of committing a terrorist act against a mass transportation system, ought to serve as a national wake-up call. The 24 hour-plus nerve-racking manhunt ended in anticlimactic fashion, with James apparently calling the NYPD to report his own location. But the Brooklyn shooting, which left 10 people with gunshot wounds and 19 others injured in the resulting fracas, stands as the bloodiest act of carnage in the history of the New York City subway system.
It also should never have happened.
James’ rap sheet includes nine previous arrests in New York alone. Those Empire State arrests include such wide-ranging offenses as a criminal sex act, possession of burglary tools and theft of service. His rap sheet also includes three additional arrests in neighboring New Jersey for the equally wide-ranging offenses of trespass, larceny, and disorderly conduct. Most damning, one of the Garden State arrests entailed a resultant charge for a terroristic threat. James, an avowed anti-white racist, had also frequently talked about violence and committing mass shootings on his personal YouTube page—even doing so as recently as Monday, the day before the shooting.
There is no world in which James should have been out on the street, living a normal life. That he appears to be heading for a jail cell for the rest of his miserable life is just, but long overdue: It comes at least 10 gunshot victims and 29 total victims too late. That he was not already incarcerated is yet another data point evincing the woeful present state of the American criminal justice system. But our criminal justice system is not failing for the reasons “criminal justice reform” proponents from the Left and the libertarian faux-Right claim it is failing.
America, in the year 2022, does not suffer from an over-incarceration problem. On the contrary, we suffer from an under-incarceration problem. The sooner we awake from this collective slumber and seize the moral high ground back from the Soros/Koch-funded forces of “anti-prosecution” local district attorneys, “bail reform,” the jailbreak of slashed sentences and the broader civilizational suicide of the “criminal justice reform” movement, the safer and more secure we will be.
Consider some data.
According to a 2018 special Department of Justice report that tracked updates on prisoner recidivism from 2005-2014, a shockingly high 83 percent of state prisoners released in 2005 across a sample size of 30 states were rearrested at least once over the course of the next nine years. In fact, 44 percent were rearrested in their first year post-release. Overall, the 401,288 state prisoners who were released from state prison and subsequently tracked by the Justice Department study were rearrested an estimated 2 million times during their nine years post-release.
Perhaps even worse, the risk of recidivism is not merely high as a broad statistical proposition; the nature of the crimes committed by released prisoners also tend to be deeply troubling. Consider the much-ballyhooed “problem” of so-called low-level drug offenders who allegedly predominate (in actuality, drug offenders only constituted 14 percent of the total state prison population in 2018) the state prison system: 77 percent of released drug offenders were arrested for a non-drug crime within nine years, and 34 percent were arrested for a violent crime. Our prisons may thus not be very effective at rehabilitating offenders, but they are extremely effective at preventing criminals from reoffending. It shouldn’t take a Ph.D. in criminology to figure that out.
It is true that the total population of incarcerated Americans is higher than any other similar incarcerated population across the world, but this oft-heard statement is facile. America also has much higher percentages of serious or violent crime than most other Western-style democracies, and that discrepancy has only widened since 2020’s “1619 riot” urban conflagrations and the subsequent spike in national violent crime rates. Yet despite Americans” overall more violent nature, the majority of serious crimes go unprosecuted. As Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the preeminent pro-law-and-order elected official, put it in 2016: “Law enforcement is able to arrest or identify a likely perpetrator for only 19% of property crimes and 47% of violent crimes. If anything, we have an under-incarceration problem.”
Sadly, men like James are hardly an exception; they more often represent the overarching rule.
It’s not like there is not enough food or livelihood in the United States. Sure, some are shorted by various reasons, but there is no reason, no irresolvable reason, for someone to have to turn to crime. Again, there are those who find themselves in circumstances where they are forced to commit a crime, but this is not inherent in our system of government.
The fast majority of the time, it is a choice made out of laziness. If the only criminals we had to incarcerate were those who committed a crime out of necessity or out of passion, there would be a need for far fewer prisons. The vast majority of prisoners in prison are there by CHOICE. If they are victims, they are victims of their own poor choices.
As long as it doesn’t affect their lives of opulence, the Democrat elite don’t care about how many crimes are committed.
These leftist DA’s and Atty Gen’s were all backed by George Soros’ money.
It was relatively easy for them to all get elected.
But their actions are getting them Recall Campaigns all over the place.
The DA who encouraged a judge to let this guy out:
Yeah, he conducted a shootout against his rival gang member AT A MALL!
Ghost guns made them do it.
Out On Bail: 14 Injured In Mall Shooting, Suspect Released On Bond
Jewayne M. Price was released on a $25,000 bond despite being one of three suspected gunmen involved in a shootout that left 14 people injured inside South Carolina’s Columbiana Centre Mall yesterday.Price, 22, will be forced to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting charges, but in the meantime, he will be allowed to travel to and from work.
The Lexington County Detention Center released his mugshot:
Price, who was charged in 2018 for his involvement with the murder of high school student Amon Rice, is suspected of being one of three gunmen who injured 14 people between the ages of 15 and 73 on Saturday. Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported, with only the oldest victim still receiving active medical treatment.
Police do not believe the incident was random. “We believe they knew each other and something led to gunfire,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said.
Daniel Johnson, who was at the mall with his family at the time of the shooting, described the incident as hectic. “You could see baby strollers turned over, people’s phones and left keys. It was a hectic situation,” he said.
Ten people were injured from gunshot wounds and four were trampled in the rush to escape the building.
That fine young man looks like Stacey Abrams’ twin brother. Funny how 13% of the population creates the majority of the crime in America.
Would this neanderthal be out walking around if he was…um…say, for instance…um…perhaps….white?
Do any of these dim-witted twerps know he can still SHOOT people while wearing an ankle monitor? Just keep in mind, it’s the gun’s fault. It’s ALWAYS the gun’s fault. Ghost guns are the worst.
But the white liberal is able to remove his racist guilt by not incarcerating yet another black criminal. Though blacks make up 13% of the total population, they are responsible for a majority of all crime in America.
The white liberal feels a sense of guilt because of the disproportionate representation of the black race within the criminal justice system. The white liberal strives for an equity based balance within the prison system. If enough other races refuse to commit enough crimes and thus be incarcerated to achieve an equity base, then the white liberal says release the criminals to a level where there world be racial equity
Yeah, I don’t feel like I want to foot the bill for their guilt. Maybe they think giving blacks carte blanche to commit crimes is reparations.