While CNN has new leadership, it hasn’t yet changed its fake news ways and radical political ideologies. Their latest attempt at gaslighting of the American public is pushing the “rethinking criminal justice” narrative that says keeping violent criminal predators in prison doesn’t make Americans safer.
Really. CNN cites “experts” who claim that keeping violent criminals in prison doesn’t stop violent crime.
But experts told CNN research shows harsher penalties are not an effective deterrent to violent crime.
Ah, but harsher penalties tend to keep bad guys locked up longer in places where they can’t victimize more innocents people…thus preventing more crime. Especially the violent kinds.
The family and friends of 34-year-old teacher Eliza Fletcher in Memphis might disagree
So too the friends and family members of the hundreds of Chicago residents — their names we’ll never know because they weren’t billionaire heiresses or other celebrities — who were shot and/or killed by recidivists and accused felons out on so-called “affordable bail.”
This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others while on bond for a pending felony case. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.
So in three years, cops say 82 people have been murdered by people out on affordable bail. Scores more were shot and survived. One case involved a homeless guy who was doused in gasoline then set ablaze.
From CWB Chicago back on May 30th . . .
Joseph Guardia, the man who police say set a well-known homeless man on fire in River North last week, has been wanted by authorities since February 2021 when he stopped showing up in court for two felony burglary cases in the suburbs, court records show.
Guardia is the 22nd person accused of killing or shooting — or trying to shoot or kill — someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony. The alleged crimes involve at least 50 victims, 11 of whom died.
Joseph Kromelis, 75, was on fire for about three minutes before security guards extinguished the flames, Assistant State’s Attorney Danny Hanichak said. Hanichak, a prosecutor for 16 years, told Judge Charles Beach he had never seen video footage as horrific as the attack on Kromelis. Doctors believe Kromelis’ injuries are not survivable, he said.
Then there was the guy out on “affordable bail” who police caught for a second time engaging in rolling gun battles through the city. A bigger question: Why wasn’t he still in prison for the first conviction?
Prosecutors say a man who was convicted of exchanging shots in a rolling gunbattle in 2019 was once again engaged in a shootout while traveling in a car in Chicago this week. Naheem King, 22, was himself shot during the incident while having a hand bandaged from a previous gunshot wound and while on bail for a felony, officials said.
Or this guy who, exactly one week after being released on “affordable bail” on a felony gun charge, executed another gang member according to prosecutors. From CWB Chicago . . .
Two men who shot an opposing gang member in a random attack on Monday evening were arrested before they could even flee the scene because Chicago cops were tipped off to the shooting by the city’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection network, officials said. And a concealed-carry holder who was near the victim allegedly returned fire, injuring a passenger in their car.
One of the accused men, Julius Hernandez, was released from custody to await trial for a pending felony gun charge in juvenile court exactly one week before the murder.
Or this guy who killed his sister’s boyfriend after being released on on charges of shooting someone else . . .
Prosecutors say a Chicago man on electronic monitoring for allegedly shooting a woman in 2020 got another gun and killed his half-sister’s boyfriend in their home Saturday night.
Kevin Bennett is the 33rd person accused of killing or shooting—or attempting to kill or shoot—someone in Chicago while awaiting trial for a felony this year. The alleged crimes involved at least 67 victims, 15 of whom died.
Kevin Bennett, who was on electronic monitoring for allegedly shooting a woman in 2020, shot his half-sister’s boyfriend to death in their home Saturday night, prosecutors said.https://t.co/wb5bqv9FkJ
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) September 6, 2022
Given that Chicago Police solve less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and only 13.5% of homicides so far this year, it stands to reason many will become violent crime victims at the hands of those out on pre-trial affordable bail.
Folks, carry your gun for personal defense every day…and twice on Sunday. Ignore anyone who’s selling the story that keeping violent criminals locked up won’t prevent crime and keep us safer.