Society Pays a High Price When Prosecutors Fail to Punish Crime
It's a tragedy. It means an entire generation of Black children are growing up in single-parent homes with father figures behind bars. It's a breakdown of our nation's family values and family structure.
But we need to take a breath. Allowing people to commit crimes in order to reduce the jail population is simply not the answer. If that is the case, then what is the reward for the people who do the right thing, abide by the rules and behave in a lawful manner?
We know from child-rearing that you have to offer rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior. If there are no consequences, then how can a child learn to choose between right and wrong? Similarly, how can we expect people to make smart, conscientious decisions that are good for society if they know they can operate with impunity by prostituting themselves or possessing drugs? If we take away the punishment for selling sex on the streets, we are basically giving a tacit stamp of approval.
That is not what America is all about.
Yes, we have an imperfect society. Yes, we need to constantly strive to find new and innovative ways to make this a better place, but erasing accountability for illegal behavior and legalizing actions that have been deemed unacceptable for a reason is not the right recipe.
Baltimore should be ashamed, because its officials are essentially pushing a policy that is going to further damage that city, its residents and the overall moral character of Baltimore. The city already closed out the year with well over 300 homicides in 2020. But to quit prosecuting crimes that tear at the moral fabric of our society will not make this city a safer, more appealing place to live.
Rules are not meant to be broken and neither are our laws. We need the rule of law to maintain a civil and respectable society.
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