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CHIRAQ: Chicago Experiences a Wave of Shootings this Past Weekend

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With the warm weather back, cold-blooded shootings are also surging in Chicago.

ZeroHedge reports that the weekend of April 6-7 were host to a string of shootings.

Twenty four people were shot in 24 hours, which included three adults and three children, who died from gunshot-related injuries according to a report from the Chicago Police Department.

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Police attribute the warmer weather to the surge in violent crime.

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During the weekend of shootings, Chicago police investigated numerous homicides and a mass shooting of six people in West Englewood.
Residents of Chicago can take some solace as shootings in the Windy City have dropped by 20% below their 2018 rate so far in 2019. On top of that, these numbers were well below the record-breaking year of 2018, which had roughly twice the number of people shot through April 8.

Curiously, Chicago features very stringent gun control laws and questionable policing practices. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Cook County even got rid of its gang database earlier this year “because it was unable to build a robust intelligence-sharing operation with all of the police jurisdictions in the county”.

In general, the state of Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in the country with Guns & Ammo magazine placing it in 41st place according to its 2018 rankings.

Illinois was one of the states that responded swiftly after the Parkland shooting in 2018, when it passed 72 hour waiting periods for all firearms purchases and red flag gun confiscation laws.

However, rural Illinois wants to avoid the same fate as its urban counterpart in Chicago. BLP reported in February on several rural counties passing gun control nullification ordinances in complete defiance of Illinois’s pro-gun control legislature.

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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis

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After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”

Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus

Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”

Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.

In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.

With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.

Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.

A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.

This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.

Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.

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