hoodlums, not responding to DA's high hopes!
Don't you want to break out into that awful song by Baha Men "Who Let the Dogs
Out? Who let the thugs out? Who? Who? Who? Who let the thugs out?
Who? Who? Who?
We've got an incompetent Sheriff who is still
trying to blame all the jail woes on her predecessor after 24 months in
office. We've got a County Commissioner who denied the previous
Sheriff's request for additional jail funding criticizing mayoral
candidates for their expressed concerned about the DA dumping thieves
and hookers back on our streets. We've got a DA who doesn't want
to prosecute criminals and blames defeated Republican judges for the
jail overcrowding. You know what they all have in common? I
didn't vote for any of them.
Issues, Dilemmas, I
expressed concern about our criminal-loving DA dumping 700 criminals back on
Dallas streets. Those bad guys/gals are not going out to the suburbs.
They are staying right here in Dallas to terrorize and victimize Dallas citizens
and taxpayers. Once again, Dallas is carrying the load for the rest of the
towns in Dallas County. CBS11's J.D. Miles had a blockbuster story this
(CBS 11 News) DALLAS
An armed robber is off the streets, but that has Dallas police up in arms.
The alleged robber is accused of
committing a crime only days after being released to ease overcrowding at
Richard Cox is accused of pointing a
gun at an employee of a southeast Dallas restaurant and demanding money.
He was among 700 inmates released
through plea bargains last month in a desperate effort to keep the
overcrowded county jail open.
He served 15 days for theft even
though it was his third conviction and qualified as a state jail felony with
a maximum two-year sentence.
The early release plea bargains were
a controversial move that some police officers say has back fired.
"We're going to let criminals on the
street, and we're going to let them run wild," said Glenn White, Dallas
Police Association president.
District Attorney Craig Watkins blames the problem on Republican judges who
he said left their benches early after being swept out of office last year.
"If we hadn't made the decision that
we made, the county residents would have been stuck with a $16-million
bill," said Watkins. "We were stuck between a rock and a hard place."
Cox is back in jail Monday night and
the DA said he will push for the maximum sentence.
We were lied to by our
criminal-loving DA. He was supposed to be releasing "low-level felons".
As I wrote on UnFair Park:
370+ early releases of ?low level felonies? last
week are coming back to our neighborhoods to rob and
terrorize us again. Breaking into a car is not a
felony in this state. So, ?low level felonies? are
pretty serious bad guys/gals.
This Richard Cox is typical
of the 700 "low level felonies" DA Watkins has dumped on Dallas.
How dare that bail bondsman blame the current county jail disaster on Republican
judges who lost their benches in the November election! In the first
place, not every judge who lost his or her bench was a criminal judge. In
the second place, they had earned vacation time, which is part of their
compensation package. If they had enough unused vacation time to take them
from November to January 1, why shouldn't they take time off? If your
employer terminated you, wouldn't you take whatever paid leave or benefits you
had coming? Dallas County voters turned out some excellent criminal
judges, like Lisa Fox and Faith Hill. They owed us nothing back.
3/8/7 Rad Field:
Jail Criminal Early Release Program is
I agree that the County or
State should not be letting Felons and Class "A" Misdemeanor criminals
out onto the street prior to the end of their sentences or earned
release for good time. You and I agree and thousands of citizens and
businessmen in our County believe that the early releases are "INSANE".
What bothers me and others is WHY are we
from our Chief
Of Police, or City Manger, and our Mayor.
We have the highest crime in the U.S. and our elected and appointed
public officials are basically MUTE on this latest addition to criminal
activity. Those running for Mayor in Dallas should be screaming aloud
about this insanity. Yet all we basically hear from the D.A. and the
County Sheriff is that the GOP let this happen and the County does not
want to spend the millions necessary to build more penal institutions.
I'd suggest putting up
large tents in the Cotton
Bowl and utilize the Reunion Arena to store all the would be killers and
robbers. They don't have to
have air conditioned quarters with color television. Our military
overseas is not privileged to have lavish quarters --- they sleep in
trenches or in tanks much of the time.
If Dallas wants to be a class city and reduce crime, the
of this City and County need to speak out
daily on these issues and
about them. Our U.S. Congress spends more time each day jabbering about
much less important issues and it appears to many, the Congress is
running down our country as days go by. Most of our City and County
leaders are just at the top of the disgusting
You know what we got in place of Judge Bruce Woody? We got a moron who
threw out an agreed summary judgment between a credit card company and a debtor
because the agreement had not been furnished to him in Spanish. Do you
think that non-English speaking debtor signed up for his credit card in Spanish?
There is an interesting report about this mess on DallasBlog.com with some
partisans defending the Judge who know nothing about courtroom rules or state
MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT DENIED BECAUSE
PLEADINGS WEREN?T IN SPANISH
It's a pretty frightening
situation for a city that has ranked #1 in crime for almost a decade to have the
DA, the County Sheriff and a County Commissioner all see the solution to their
incompetence as dumping 700 criminals back on Dallas streets. Since
Democrats picked a doofus for their candidate last year and then got him elected
as County Judge, Commissioner John Wiley Price has become the de facto County
Judge. The actual County Judge is like the invisible man who doesn't seem
to mind having JWP call all the shots. The 3 Republicans Commissioners
aren't doing much to earn their pay either.
Although not enough to vote for either of them, I am astounded and pleased that
two mayoral candidates had the guts to speak out against what the DA and the
Sheriff are doing. For Gary Griffith to take a hard position on anything
is astounding in itself. At least he picked something important that is
actually pertinent to the responsibilities of city government -- criminals on
our streets. It was even more courageous of Ed Oakley to risk antagonizing
his Democrat base by criticizing the actions of the Democrat Sheriff and the
newly elected Democrat DA.
It is typical of Max Wells to avoid talking about anything important. You
know the old adage -- if you can't say something
nice, better not to say anything at all.
Well, that's a bunch of baloney! We must speak out. We are in a
desperate situation. Once again, Commissioner Price responds negatively to
some constructive criticism:
Commissioner John Wiley Price said Tuesday that mayoral candidates Gary Griffith and Ed Oakley are exploiting the county jail controversy for political gain.
... Last week during an appearance before the Dallas Police Association, Mr. Griffith and Mr. Oakley expressed concern about the release of about 700 low-level offenders to ease a jail crisis.
"They want to make an issue out of 700 people when you've got 6,000 in the jail," Mr. Price said. "What was the city going to do? They're not in charge; we're in charge. They have no understanding of the issue."
... "I want to make sure we're not letting felons on the street that the Dallas police just put in jail," Mr. Griffith said.
He added, "There are prostitutes arrested and back on the street before police get back on the beat. If we're going to become a much safer city and get out of having the highest crime rate in the country, we can't be letting criminals out of jail."
Mr. Oakley ... "I don't want to get in the county's business," he said, "but if we have a capacity issue, why didn't they start working on it sooner? We [taxpayers] pay the county to house these inmates."
The county has three months to meet the state's minimum staffing requirement of one guard per 48 inmates ? something it has consistently been unable to do ? or the state could order the crowded jail not to admit any more prisoners.
Over a two-week period last month, about 700 low-level offenders were released from the jail.
Mr. Price, a supporter of mayoral candidate Max Wells, .... said that the county jail had the highest incarceration rate among Texas' five largest counties and that it would have been shut down if the county had not moved to bring it into compliance with state regulations.
... Mr. Price also mocked Mr. Griffith's contention that the county should bring buildings up to standard or contract with other counties for space.
... And on prostitutes being allowed back on the street?
"If there's a choice between locking up a prostitute or locking up an armed robber, I would lock up the armed robber," he said.
Councilman Oakley is dead on
right. Dallas taxpayers pay dearly in county taxes. We have "these
inmates" housed in our city, not in Garland or Irving or Mesquite. Now,
thanks to the Democrat DA and our incompetent Democrat Sheriff, we have
criminals who should be inmates on our streets instead of behind bars.
It's not surprising Max Wells has not opened his mouth about this matter since
he has Commissioner Price and Kathy Nealy in his campaign. Remember what
Jim Schutze once wrote about her?
Remember Vote Fraud?
By Jim Schutze, 4/11/02
... Gore says he offered to provide Stool with paperwork that would show the linkage up the food chain from the absentee vote operatives out on the street to state Representative Terri Hodge (D-Dallas) and from her to political consultant Kathy Nealy, who is the main African-American subcontractor on establishment political campaigns run by Dallas political ?er-guru Carol Reed. ...
In this mayoral election, Carol
Reed is running Tom Leppert's campaign (looks like another Dunning), and Nealy
has teamed up with JWP for Max Wells. If you haven't lived in Dallas long
enough to remember Max Wells from his council days, you at least should know who
Commissioner Price is. If you are too disengaged from local government
matters and politics to know about any of these plays, just keep drinking and
partying -- but please don't vote.
Politics should be for serious thinkers and responsible voters.
Unfortunately, that is seldom the case. Even though mail-in ballot vote
harvesting is now illegal, it still happens. People who don't have a clue
about the candidates are still bussed to the polls to vote straight ticket.
You must talk to people about what's happening in this city since last November.
You can't assume your neighbor is aware that 700 criminals have been dumped back
onto Dallas streets.
Darrell Jordan is running radio ads in his mayoral campaign promising to get the
Dallas Police Department the money the Chief needs to hire more police officers
and reduce our crime rate. What good will more police do if the people
they arrest walk through the DA's turnstile as quickly as the officers can get
the criminals booked? I am backing Darrell Jordan because I know he will
do what he says. I also know he will challenge the county officials who
are undermining Chief Kunkle's efforts to clean up this city.
That said, I want to thank and congratulate both Gary Griffith and Ed Oakley for
speaking out now as candidates.
||Trying to solve over
crowded jails by releasing criminals back into Dallas neighborhoods is
as sensible as a dog chasing his tail. If the dog bites his own
tail, what has he accomplished? About as much as our
If you don't live in Dallas,
this must all seem pretty funny -- releasing 700 criminals in a city that has
ranked #1 in the nation for crime for the better part of a decade. As a
Dallas homeowner, I fail to see the humor in it all.
Mayor Candidate Gary Griffith: Truth?