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Underincarceration and the Boston Murders

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Two well-known physicians were brutally murdered in Boston Friday night.  The killer should not have been on the streets.  He had a record, and a felony conviction on  -- ready now?  --  September 30, 2016.  That would be a little more than seven months ago. Nor was that his first serious crime.  Still, in the land of second chances, and what with our scandalously racist criminal justice system, we need to emphasize redemption, right? See, e.g., this self-righteous piece in the Atlantic, published, in a masterpiece of bad timing, 48 hours before the Boston murders: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2017/05/criminal-justice-across-america-reporting-project/524985/

The notion were hear all around is that dumbed-down sentencing is our mission in order to become a better people.  What it's actually going to do is make us a deader people. The prison population has been falling recently and, my goodness, we are now in the third year of our spike in violent crime, murder in particular.

The intentionally deceitful myth that we can be "just as safe" with many fewer criminals in prison has a price.  When the price is paid by little black children, like the ones Wendell Callahan sliced to death after he got early release, no one cares (although they occasionally pretend to).  They won't care about this atrocity either, although they might make a similar pretense. It's not that they're racists, although they know full well that murder disproportionately harms the black community.  It's that their ideology of criminal-as-victim trumps even their ideology, heard relentlessly in other contexts, of America-as-cesspool.
Here are parts of the story:

The man charged today with the slaughters of two prominent doctors in their South Boston penthouse Friday night told a bank teller in 2014 "I'll start shooting people" if she didn't give him $1,000, according to court documents.

Though no weapon was shown, the teller at Citizens Bank on Summer Street complied with Bampumim "JJ" Teixeira's terrifying demand on Aug. 28, 2014, court records state.

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During an interview with police following his arrest last year for the 2016 robbery, court records state, Teixeira told police he was also wanted for the 2014 robbery of the same bank.

"Mr. Teixeira advised detectives that he knew he was wanted by police because he viewed his picture on the Mass Most Wanted website." records sstate. "Mr. Teixeira was shown the (wanted) bulletin and he advised detectives that was him."
In the June 2016 case, according to court records, a well-dressed Teixeira walked into the Citizens Bank branch and without ever brandishing a weapon threatened, "5,000 or I'll shoot you and everybody here now."

"In fear of being harmed," a police report states the teller handed Teixeira $212 and a dye pack. Investigators later recovered his white shirt and black fedora hat from a trash bin at the MBTA Chauncey Street Station.

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Teixeira agreed on Sept. 30 to plead guilty to two counts of larceny and was sentenced to 9 months plus three years probation. He was credited with the 78 days he'd already served behind bars awaiting the resolution of his cases, and he waived applying for parole.

Teixeira is currently on probation until October 2019. At the Probation Department's request, a warrant was issued this morning for Teixeira's arrest.
Just so.  Probation and community supervision will, for sure, "keep us just as safe."

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In another sign of the progressive times, a bank robbery threatening violence apparently declined prosecution by federal authorities. Unthinkable in past administrations but de rigueur for the Obama administration.

Sad to think that the local jurist thought that a 9 month sentence for two bank robberies would protect the community.

The other unstated issue--this guy was an immigrant (no word on whether he was a citizen). I wonder if that had anything to do with the lenience shown here.

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