I would like to hear your take on the judicial system. For too
long we have had County Prosecutor who dismisses, never files or
waives Felony crimes with no other motivation than "if crime is not
prosecuted then it's not in my budget." She'll use other transparent
speak to explain it away, but this is the underlying reason. The
prosecutors are paid by performace which further encourages them to
only push the easy case through. The result is misdemeanor charges
for crimes or nothing at all. This means a fine. There are
threshhold amounts for illegal drug possession as well which is
outragous. You can now carry a usable amount of Crack or
Methamphetamine and only get charged with misdemeanor paraphernalia if
caught! Waiving Felony charges is a direct violation of the Victim's
Bill of Rights and does not allow the Victims input into prosecution in some cases. Waiving felony charges also effects setencing for future crimes. Many Felony convictions have detailed sentencing guidelines which
increase the severity due to previous convictions. When those
previous arrests are convicted under the misdemeanor alternative, they
don't count. Also it is appaling to me that any attack and/or assault
of a Police Officer is prosecuted as a misdemeanor simply because the
officer is aware enough not to allow him/herself to be injured in the
event. It is funny how the same is not true for the assault of a
prosecuter. reduction in violent crime can only be achieved if we do
three things. Enforce the current immigration laws,secure the border
and prosecute existing state laws. if criminals pay no penalty for
the crimes they commit, then why not commit them. Yes prosection of
crimes is costly up front, but once we set an example of strict
enforcement we will see a decline in the amount of crime comitted and
a drastic reduction in the money spent to prosecute and house felons.
This may mean more prisons, but the repeat offenders are locked up.
This means less property loss and less victims of violent crime. You are also providing more jobs, you just are moving money around to do it.
The public is not aware of this. This is all true and the felony
waiver policy of the Pima County Prosecutor's Office is public record.
..and yes, I am a cop and I will continue to do my job even if Barbara
Lawall fails to do hers. Get this out to the people, make them aware,
they will be outraged, and they will listen and support you.