A new study reveals that almost a third of county jail inmates have been set free from the facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prison Policy Initiative study has determined that 32% of inmates at county jails have been set free.
“In the last two months, local governments across the U.S. have drastically reduced their jail populations to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The typical jail has reduced its population by more than 30%.”
Many jails have released up to half of their inmates, with facilities in Oregon, Arkansas and New Jersey releasing between 57% and 63% of their jail inmates.
The release of inmates on coronavirus safety concerns is a jailbreak of arguably unprecedented proportions. The amnesties have already resulted in public safety repercussions, with at least one Orange County prosecutor being vindicated after warning over the release of inmates who he described as “high risk” sex offenders.
Rudy Magdoleno, a repeat felony convict released from an Orange County Jail, was arrested for exposing himself to staff members at a parole center last month. District Attorney Todd Spitzer had warned that Magdoleno was a dangerous offender who shouldn’t have been released.
At least one inmate released from a Colorado prison(as opposed to a jail) was rearrested for first degree murder last week. Cornelius Haney, who was serving time for armed robbery, was set free by Colorado Democratic Governor Jared Polis’ coronavirus prison amnesty. The governor has gone on to make the excuse that Haney’s release would’ve been assured by a parole board anyway.
The prison and jail systems exist for a reason, and the dubious release of large populations of convicted criminals undermines the purpose that the corrections system serves for society. With public infrastructure slowly adjusting to accommodating the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to end the dangerous and questionable jailbreaks.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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