Sunday, December 1, 2019

Armed robber paroled after just 2 years admits to raping, killing Chicago college student

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In December 2018, Donald Thurman was released from prison in Chicago after serving just two years of his six-year sentence for robbery and vehicle theft. It must have been roundly celebrated by local Cook County officials as another “criminal justice reform” success story, where success is defined by reduction of the prison population, not a reduction in crime. Fast-forward 11 months later, and a 19-year-old college student is now dead after Thurman confessed to raping and strangling her. And the endless list grows of victims of jailbreak policy.
After being reported missing by her family, Ruth George, 19, was found strangled in the back of her car on Saturday in a parking garage at the University of Illinois Chicago, where she was a student. On Monday, campus police announced that Donald Thurman, 26, who had no affiliation with the victim or the university, had been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault. Police say that he was seen on surveillance footage entering the garage at the time of the murder and later confessed to the crime.
In recent years, with the frantic one-sided push for prison reduction, Chicago has paroled a great many violent offenders and has shown a reluctance to re-incarcerate those who violate the terms of their release. Furthermore, there are too few officers to monitor that many volatile convicts out on the streets. This has collectively reduced the deterrent against career criminals because they know the politicians and judges would rather see the prison population reduced than prevent crime.
In addition to monitoring those out on parole, Chicago police are increasingly stretched thin monitoring violent criminals out on little or no bail. As part of a growing fad across the country, Ed Rush, 24, was released by Cook County Judge David Navarro on just $5,000 bond after being arrested in September for aggravated battery on a police officer. Despite a previous gun conviction and a domestic assault charge, Rush remained out even after missing one hearing in October, according to the Chicago Tribune. Chicago really is not tough on guns at all, at least not if they are possessed by violent criminals. Fast-forward to last Friday, and he was arrested after police caught him on video allegedly shooting Rayveon Hutchins, 20, to death.
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE.

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