For years now, California has faced a lot of criticism for adopting policies that are permissive of crime. Critics warn that the blue state’s leniency in this regard is putting innocent lives at risk and sending the wrong message to dangerous offenders.
Nevertheless, the soft-on-crime policies adopted by California have become par for the course for most of the left-wing. Even as it drives businesses away from communities and individuals to red or purple states, Democratic leaders still aren’t letting up.
Now, California is back in the limelight, this time for awarding a known child predator with parole.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
In 1976, Frederick Woods and two other individuals took over a school bus transporting nearly 30 children in the San Francisco area. After getting control of the bus, Woods and his accomplices buried these kids and their school bus driver underground alive.
Eventually, everyone buried underground was forced to dig their way back to the surface after spending about 16 hours trapped. All of this was done so that Woods and his accomplices could earn a $5 million ransom.
Frederick Woods and brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld pleaded guilty to kidnapping 26 children and their bus driver in Chowchilla, California, more than 45 years ago: https://t.co/3BqmYeeqey
— HLN (@HLNTV) August 19, 2022
However, despite the heinous nature of Woods’ crime, the California Board of Parole Hearings determined back in March that giving him parole was the right thing to do.
This happened in spite of even California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pushing the Board of Parole Hearings to reconsider its decision.
Similar to Newson, the district attorney of Madera County expressed that the now 70-year-old Woods is still very much motivated by money above all else.
A Target on the Backs of the Innocent
If Woods harms more children or others, the California Board of Parole Hearings will have enabled him to do so. Unfortunately, this story is part of a long pattern for this state.
Soft-on-crime policies never work. “More than two years after instituting policies to keep more nonviolent offenders out of jail to reduce populations during the pandemic, California's biggest metropolitan areas are making a U-turn amid rising crime.” https://t.co/lcDGIHyyDR
— Senator Brian Dahle (@BrianDahleCA) August 14, 2022
During the worst of COVID-19, California also sought to reduce the number of individuals in jail. Unfortunately, this involved letting loose some of the worst of the worst. It’s no coincidence that crime rates surged, with smash-and-grab episodes in California making national headlines.
If the needs and wants of criminals continue to be prioritized over the innocent and public safety, the future of communities making these calls is bleak.