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% 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% 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 DOJ 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% of the total state prison population in 2018) the state prison system: 77% of released drug offenders were arrested for a non-drug crime within nine years, and 34% 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 Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), 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. Consider another high-profile recent data point: The two men, likely planted Iranian regime assets, who were recently arrested in Washington, D.C. for pretending to be federal agents and buying off Secret Service officers, were unconscionably granted bail. It is a sordid episode that should nonetheless be a familiar one for New Yorkers who recently lived through the horrific experiment in New York’s “bail reform” law, which saw countless robbers and gangbangers capriciously let go — only to promptly reoffend.
For at least a decade, opportunistic “criminal justice reform” ideologues on both the progressive Left and the libertarian “Right” have pushed an inordinate amount of pro-jailbreak policies, affecting everything from “bail reform” to back-end sentencing reductions to hamstringing police tactics to reining in qualified immunity doctrine. The all-too-predictable result of this Soros/Koch-funded anarchic push has been more bloodshed and more violent crime. God-willing, the Frank James episode will serve as an impetus to reclaim our safety and security from the forces of civilizational suicide before those forces can do even more damage to tear our nation asunder.
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“There is no world in which James should have been out on the street, living a normal life.”
Except in the treasonous, dishonest, destructive, unethical Democrat Party’s world.
The Democrat Party professes to be passionate enemies of racism; but they in fact perpetuate racism by injecting it where it does not otherwise exist in order to cultivate racism.
“Black people make up 23 percent of New York’s population, but they commit 75 percent of all shootings.
… Whites are 33 percent of the city’s population, but they commit fewer than 2 percent of all shootings…
“These disparities mean that virtually every time that police in New York are called out after a shooting, they are being summoned into minority neighborhoods looking for minority suspects.”
Profiling? “If a Dalmatian has been biting the children in the neighborhood, I think we’re going to look for a black and white dog.”
The Democrat Party in the attempt to keep blacks on their Democrat Plantation have literally put blacks above the law and have been buying their votes for generations. But the educated, rational blacks are starting to see the Cons, Deceptions and Lies of the Democrat Party.
These Dishonorable liberal Democrat Party’s phony anti-racist crusades have little or nothing to do with protecting the civil rights or sensitivities of Black Americans and everything to do with the Democrats setting themselves up as their saviors. Their practice of patronizing groups cannot yield to the facts that the Democrat Party has a long history of racial discrimination. The Democrat Party’s cause is not defending the oppressed or the offended but about making themselves look wonderful with their latest destructive political Con.
TILL the judges, AG’ and DA’s who keep letting REPEAT OFFENDERS like this, out on our streets, START GETTING CHARGED as accessories to every one of these crimes, THIS will keep happening!!