Criminal activities and jail time

Criminal activities and jail time

Posted in the Saluda Forum


Crofton, MD

#1 Oct 26, 2008
I am just curious why some career criminals are allowed to repeat the same crimes or similar crimes over and over again. Why do we waste the tax payers money to arrest them, appoint a hearing time, just to let the individual back on the street? How many times do they get away with the crime before they are subsequently caught again for the same crime? I was never a fan of the 3 strike rule, it seems harsh for those caught with minor offenses, but on the same hand how do we allow people to continue to commit crimes for ten plus years and waste not only tax payers time but money to only let the career criminal go free? Isn't there a time when we have to say enough is enough? Maybe some people just do not learn and need to have a harsh reality check? There is a woman in Saluda, Va who is arrested several times a year for repeating similar offenses over and over again. It seems a waste of tax payers dollars to arrest her and go through the process just to let her out over and over again.When does she finally become accountable? What is that teaching our youth? What are the laws regarding this matter? Isn't enough, enough? Are some people just not able to avoid criminal lifestyles?
I truly believe in giving people chances and know some people can change, but where do we draw the line?

Cambridge, MD

#2 Oct 28, 2008
"Isn't enough, enough? Are some people just not able to avoid criminal lifestyles?"
Yes and... yes, unfortunately.
As for the laws regarding this matter. They are being followed. There isn't much we can do differently. We can't just change up the laws because of the idiots and throw people in prison for petty things. They make the penalties harder every once in a while and most career criminals eventually end up in prison. But that doesn't really help much either.
In a place like Saluda, the cops probably know her and take things with a grain of salt, maybe, but one stupid lady isn't cause for any change of the laws in place. That would just screw us nice folks.
My advice would be to stay away from her and move on.

Crofton, MD

#3 Oct 29, 2008
I believe we are coming from the same view point. I may not have expressed myself well in the initial comment. I agree with you we can't change rules for one person or one particular sector, but I don't understand how jail time varies so significantly. At times, it seems like the punishment doesn't always fit the crime. I believe crimes against another individual sometimes carry less time than other less serious crimes. I really am a humanitarian and would love to see something done for people who just continually are a part of the system without any true solutions. Why waste all the time and money prosecuting someone if there are no consequences?
What does this do to them? To their families? To the community itself? I would love to see programs implemented to help the petty career criminal in the early stages before this becomes a life style. Maybe there are programs and I am just not aware of them. Maybe people just don't want help or don't know how to access it. I think everyone does their job to the best of their ability in dealing with petty criminals, but what can we do to end this cycle? I feel bad for the citizen who has to take time out of their lives to contend with the situation, I feel bad for the police who have to do their job and prosecute petty criminals who take up their resources and time, and I feel bad for the petty criminal and the effect this lifestyle has on their families. As an american citizen, I want to live in a safe world but I don't want to live in a world that is not free either. I guess I am looking for a solution to an age old problem.

Williamsburg, VA

#4 Dec 10, 2008
a movie theatre will help reduce crime

Norfolk, VA

#5 Apr 9, 2010
you want crime it is here in front of you in Middlesex county

Norfolk, VA

#6 Apr 9, 2010
How about people, yes people, that swore to up hold the constition of Virginia it laws and ordinances, and that of thew United States, under title 49 of the code of virginia section 1
(Codeof Virginia, 49-1) and they don't doit...?
How do you feel now that your county government is corrupt beyond belief?
question in time

Norfolk, VA

#7 May 1, 2010
Or the fact that under 30-138, nobody has stepped up to say stop the lying, stealing and covering up!

Norfolk, VA

#8 May 18, 2010
I have a list of criminals in middlesex county, gee, there are all employees.
seeing ahead

King William, VA

#9 Jun 12, 2010
dear reesa,how come theres never a sheriffs report in the s.s.sentinel anymore? no crime in middlesex to report?
not a perfect world

Newport News, VA

#10 Jul 4, 2010
Not everyone knows the codes on the LIS well enough to recite them unless they look them up each time or have some really good reason to know them by heart and there are a lot of people who know them by heart that throw stones.
I don't agree that criminals should get as many chances as they get but I do feel that it would be a travisty for an innocent person to get locked up. That is why the constitution make us go through all of this stuff over and over. I believe that if you have to arrest someone on drug charges or D.I.P. over and over something should be done in an esculating fasion but the laws tie the hands of the people trying to protect and serve and make it look like they refuse to do their jobs. the worse part is that somewhere down the line, we voted for these laws.

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