Monday, July 24, 2006

Got it!

The Star ran a story today that really hits the point when you talk about the collateral damage of jail overcrowding in a large urban area. If criminals are bing let out here in Indy, odds are they will start breaking into nice suburban houses sooner or later.

Remember to thank your Democratic City County Councilors out there for allowing this to happen!

Here is the entire story.

The metro area's suburban police agencies are forming an alliance to combat crime they contend is growing in their jurisdictions as a result of problems in Marion County's beleaguered justice system.

"We are being pounded by spillover crime," said Greenwood Police Chief Joe Pitcher. "I think Indianapolis-Marion County has lost focus on public safety."

The latest arrest statistics, from June, appear to support the contention:

In Avon, 12 of 25 arrestees had an Indianapolis address. Eleven lived in Avon.

In Fishers, 22 of 63 arrestees were from Indianapolis; 25 were from Fishers.
In Greenwood, the split is nearly even. Of 198 arrestees, 86 were from Marion County and 85 from Greenwood.

No comprehensive statistics have been compiled to document the extent of the problem. But police agencies are starting to gather such data.
In Marion County, several categories of crimes are up, including homicides, burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated assaults.

Avon Police Chief Jeff Ritorto blamed the early release of prisoners at the Marion County Jail for contributing to a near tripling of forgery cases in his Hendricks County town of 8,200 residents.
Moreover, Ritorto said, the number of arrests for all crimes this year is up 86 percent.

"Most of our crime increase has been from Marion County's overcrowding situation," he said.
Greenwood's Pitcher agreed.

"These are people with absolutely longtime Indianapolis addresses. It (jail crowding) has to be part of it," he said. "I have anecdotal evidence of people we take to jail for shoplifting or driving with a suspended license. They say, 'Why are you taking me to (Johnson County) Jail? In Marion County, I'd just get a ticket.' "


At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Tim said...

Crime is not that hard to understand or prevent. It just takes a little leadership


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