No Wonder Crime Festers In Anne Arundel
Every day, as I read through the Anne Arundel County Police press releases, I am astonished by the sheer volume of crime that occurs in our county. Today, after reading the front page of the Maryland Gazette, I realize that judges deserve the majority of the blame. As I glanced the article about the weekender program in Anne Arundel County, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
From the tone of the piece, it seemed as if inmates praised the convenience of a weekend incarceration (in lieu of straight time) while judges felt comforted that they could give these lawbreakers a desired option. Give me a break. If these dregs on society truly cared about their kids or their job, then they wouldn’t continually put themselves in position to face jail time.
Now, I can see the argument behind sentencing a first time offender for DUI or shoplifting to a weekend in jail. After all, such an experience may give them a needed wake up call. Unfortunately, judges have now expanded this program to accommodate multiple time offenders. Clearly, these guys and gals failed to get the message the first several times.
Doing a weekend in jail seems to be a joke among the inmates featured in today’s Gazette story. Then again, why wouldn’t it be? They have Monday-Friday to live a normal life and then they get to hang with the fellows or the ladies on the weekend. I fail to see the deterrent in that. Hopefully, some judicial wanna-be will expose the criminal friendly judges contributing to this flawed public policy. Granted, as a rule I tend to reject incumbent judges at the ballot box anyway.