Once again we run into the problem that North Carolina requires bail be offered in all non-capital cases.
A man with a long criminal record is on the run, police say, after he cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device Saturday.
A long criminal record is right. Take a look at his official “transcripts”
There are two problems here.
First off, there is too long a delay between being charged with a crime and being tried for that crime. What’s the use of punishment if it starts a year (and several more crimes) after the original crime was committed?
Arrest records show Martin was arrested May 3 and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail on May 17, police say, and placed on electronic monitoring.
Records show he was arrested again on June 17, charged with assault on a female, and then released from jail days later.
Secondly, not enough crimes are “capital” crimes in North Carolina.
I have a proposal. They used to hang people for stealing horses. Let’s bring that back. Anyone convicted of a crime equal or more serious than horse theft gets hung by the neck until dead. This limits the sort of person who can get bail, plus it eliminates a large number of criminals from the pool of possible recidivists.
Either that or we could shorten the time between charge and trial. Either way works for me.
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