To protect, or endanger?
Over the last year there has been a crime wave throughout the state that our legislators have turned a deaf ear to. Stolen cars, car break-ins, and shootings happening with such frequency they are commonplace. During the overnight hours of December 8, more than 100 vehicles were broken into in Newington, prompting the mayor to write a letter to state legislators citing that the offenders were primarily juveniles. The recent Wild Wild West shootout on West Main St. at 2:15 p.m. and once again a juvenile among those arrested.
One might think that state legislators would be more responsive since they, in part, are responsible for this crime wave. They voted to increase the age for juvenile offenders from age 16 to age 18 making juvenile offenders virtually exempt of punishment freeing them to make us victims over and over again. If Governor Malloy had his way, the law for “young adult offenders” would have been up to age 21 for nonviolent crimes. Recent news articles regarding low crime rates and the closing of another prison in CT would make the reader think everything is getting better
In reality, government doesn't want to foot the cost of incarcerating even violent offenders. It's cheaper to allow them into society to prey on us. It has been my experience that the people committing these crimes are often repeat, repeat, repeat offenders. Adult offenders are often those with long rap sheets, many career criminals, only required to do a fraction of their sentence then set free to victimize us again. This is insanity. Nothing in society operates well without order. Wake up lawmakers, are you blind, we are losing order. Change the law back to age 16 and pass laws that protect, not endanger us.
Ronald Cornell, Meriden