Article originally appeared on amac.us.
As an active-duty officer in one of the largest police departments in the country, I can attest to the deteriorating state of our criminal justice system. The fiction promulgated to the American public that criminals are the victims of society has taken us down a road filled with land mines from which it will be difficult to recover.
The crime rate has increased in almost every major city in the United States, with violent crime leading the statistics. From a law enforcement perspective, it is clear that a large percentage of violent crime is driven by the unwillingness of district attorneys and judges to hold people accountable.
After an arrest, criminal defendants are frequently released on a personal “no-cash” bond. This is simply the offender swearing that he or she will return to court as ordered. However, there are no real ramifications should they fail to appear.
Theoretically, a warrant for arrest should be issued by the court, but too often …
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