“Most vexing, advocates say, is that state laws that govern compensation programs can ultimately exclude people at the highest risk of being shot, Elizabeth Van Brocklin writes at thetrace.org. “While black men disproportionately experience violence, they are also more likely than whites to have been convicted of a felony, which in some states can disqualify people from receiving funds.” That’s racist! Or is it? More to the point . . .
is it right to withhold victim compensation cash from convicted felons? Ohio, Florida, Kansas, Missouri and Pennsylvania won’t pay out to felons who’ve been shot. Does that make sense to you?
And while we’re at it, how do you feel about your tax dollars being paid out to crime victims, generally?