Crime in Charlotte: a catch and release problem
Posted on 2 Mar 2009 by Justin Ritchie
Meck Charlotte pointed me towards this video of Courtney James’ April 28th, 2008 speech to Charlotte City Council about the attempted robbery of his house.
Sure, Charlotte isn’t the safest city in the US but the reasons why are even more frustrating. Proven criminals in the city are caught and released on a regular basis, and in Courtney’s case, the number of releases are astounding. New police chief Rodney Monroe has been doing a great job lowering incidents with his new policing tactics, but the real problems lie in the court system where the state government fails to provide enough district attorneys to even prosecute the perpetrators. Essentially, there exists a small group of criminals that continually cycle through the judicial system that are neither rehabilitated or held continually.
Hopefully our new governor Bev Purdue can help out, but my guess is that until Bev’s new Charlotte office is broken into nothing will happen.