Back because of Safe-T
Between trying to finish my Ph.D. program, being in a new position of Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator which has being a event coordinator as part of it (20 days on, one day off, 10 of which were 12+ hour days) and being on the edge of promotion, I have let this blog rest. It would take quite the push to get me back to regularly posting again, and that push is the, signed into law in 2021 by Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Safe-T Act...it is that bad.
Before I post a series of short stories that should illuminate just how foolish and dangerous this legislation is, I think it would be a good start to outline the philosophical stance that the proponents of this law have taken. The biases of this and other legislation like it ( in committee are laws banning the use of criminal background checks in tenant applications, the removal of all SRO's from public schools, the removal of stand your ground and changing the use of force from stopping threat to equal force (he has a knife I can't shoot him I have to use a force equal to his knife)) is their view on criminality or how criminals are created.
The position is simple, they believe you can never be a criminal or a person that commits criminal acts without that criminal first having been a victim themselves. It is a view of humanity that has us all as naturally good and evil only occurs as a result of personal trauma. Thus the focus is in addressing their victimhood and once that is accomplished then they stop being a criminal. They plan on getting to the criminal's victims at a later date. So they see the criminal justice system and the agents that implement it as victimizers of the victims (criminals). This is the way no cash bail came into affect. The criminal cannot control themselves and thus shouldn't have to pay a penalty for committing their criminal acts. It is unfair that a rich criminal should get right back to the streets and the poor criminal have to wait until their trial. This can further be seen in the total lack of coverage of the victims in the press (Labor day week end 2022, Chicago, 55 shot 11 fatally-name one of them), while a potentially questionable act of one officer (of the 900,000 of us nation wide) is national news-we are victimizers or the victims. This is the 24hr holiday from electronic monitoring that they are granted before even potentially being violated-why should a victim have his or her daily routine changed. This is the reason for drastically reducing or eliminating jail sentences. This is the constant move to allow more expungements (they did not mean to do it). I can go on and on and on.
In further posts I will outline different acts of this bill, but it does make sense if you see it from their philosophical stand point-one that will do nothing but create hundreds of real victims in a flawed and deeply foolish position.