We have a crime crisis in Albuquerque, and it’s now intolerable. This is a beautiful state with tremendous potential. None of this matters anymore when rampant crime impacts every aspect of our society and hurts people.
This isn’t a partisan political issue – crime impacts everyone, and particularly the poor where crime rates are historically higher. No one has the perfect solution to this problem, but enforcing our laws with discipline and consistency is a necessary first step.
There are lots of excuses as to why this is happening, but too often it’s blamed on inequities in our society. Inequities aren’t an excuse for criminal acts; no one has a right to harm anyone. And, taking a “soft approach” to reducing criminal behavior doesn’t work and never has.
Apparently one of our judiciary’s concerns is reducing the recidivism rate of criminals. While that’s noble, that responsibility belongs to the executive branch. Judges are releasing criminals who belong behind bars simply to reduce jail populations and make their own wishful effort at reducing recidivism. That’s absolutely reckless and puts citizens at risk.
The criminal justice system in the United States today ranges from Vermont’s “Restorative Justice” policies at one end, to Texas’ “tough on crime” policies at the other. A fair system more closely aligned to Texas is what will keep Albuquerque safe. Our local governments are obligated to provide public safety, especially for the defenseless. Failing that, the elected officials in positions tasked to combat crime fail their obligation to our citizens.