If you’re like me, you’re probably sick of talking and hearing about Coronavirus by now. Unfortunately, Coronavirus is pretty much the only thing that’s going on these days, so it looks like we’re stuck with it being the subject of all conversations for the time being.
Containment has been one of the key words and strategies since the world first became afflicted with Covid-19, and there have been many different steps taken in an attempt to control the spread of it.
Some of these ideas I have agreed with, and others I have disagreed with.
I acknowledge that I’m not a doctor or virologist, but some of the steps taken so far just haven’t made a whole lot of sense to me. For example, we immediately closed down outdoor places where people can easily social distance from eachother (such as beaches, nature trails, golf courses etc.), but we’re still letting hundreds of people pile into a Wal-Mart like it ain’t no thing? Like I said, I’m not an expert on this stuff by any means, but it seems to me that a communicable disease like this is WAY more likely to spread quickly from person to person inside of a crowded store like Wal-Mart than it would on a golf course. But hey, I’m not the one in charge of things (yet).
That’s just one example of a Covid-19 response tactic that I don’t agree with, but I consider it brilliant compared to this next move that a lot of states are implementing, and it’s what prompted me to write this blog in the first place.
My home state of Massachusetts, among many others, decided that protecting at-risk people should be a top priority during this crisis, and I agree with that. Unfortunately, it seems like there was some miscommunication. When they said at-risk populations, I thought of old people and those with compromised immune systems. Turns out they were talking about prisoners, and they decided that the only way to truly keep them “safe” from Coronavirus would be to release them from prison and back into the public.
If this is the first you’re hearing about this I’m not surprised, because it was all part of the plan. These mass prisoner releases were done as quietly as possible because they’re batshit insane, do not keep anybody safe, and the politicians knew what the reaction from the public would be if this deservedly front page news was actually front page news, but it wasn’t.
The supposed reasoning behind releasing prisoners is that they had to do this in order to “protect” them from Coronavirus, but that’s the dumbest thing anybody has ever said since yesterday when the Dunkies cashier asked me if I wanted a receipt and I said “You too”.
I mean seriously, how does this make any sense? How does this make either party, meaning prisoners and the general public, any safer from Coronavirus? It doesn’t. In fact, it does the complete opposite for a number of reasons.
For starters, prisoners by definition have way less of a chance of encountering a virus than the general public does. They are isolated away from society in a secure building with little to no outside contact, and the only people entering jails and prisons are corrections officers and a few civilians that work there. That’s about it. Sounds pretty low risk if you ask me. Jail/prison is already like a Stay At Home Order and social distancing on steroids, so there’s no reason to release them back into the public for their “safety”.
And let’s say hypothetically there was a Coronavirus outbreak at a jail or prison. From a containment point of view, I can’t think of a better place for a virus outbreak to happen. Jails and prisons are giant buildings that are carefully designed into different sections and are usually capable of completely locking down in a matter of minutes. Want to stop a virus spreading through a prison in its tracks? How about this: Everybody stays in their cells, meals are brought directly to the cell doors, nobody in and nobody out. Problem solved right there. Plus, whats the average age of a prisoner in The United States anyway, like 35? One quick look at the Covid-19 death data would reveal that statistically it’s very unlikely that most people in jail or prison would die of Covid-19 if an outbreak were to happen, but God forbid we let facts come into the equation.
Also, don’t give me that bullshit “None of these inmates are dangerous” excuse that a lot of politicians who support these releases have been falling back on. That seems to be the go-to for my local District Attorney Rachel Rollins, who is a walking joke of an official that would abolish police and laws altogether if she could. If that’s the case and everybody that was released isn’t a risk to the public, I’d love to see my local officials explain why this Milton guy who pulled out a samurai sword during a fight with police, this pedophile who repeatedly raped a 12 year old, and 9 members of the Latin Kings were all released from custody in Massachusetts because of Covid-19. Apparently using a weapon while fighting with cops, sodomizing children, and being a member of an animalistic group like The Latin Kings doesn’t fit the criteria of people that are a danger to the public according to our supposed “leaders”. At least Boston’s police commissioner, William Gross, has some balls and voiced his frustration with these releases after a recent uptick in shootings lately
And those were just a few local examples from around me, so I’m sure it’s happening around you as well. Believe it or not, releasing criminals back into the public causes more crime. So crazy how that works……
In life, there are things that you do know and things that you don’t know. For example, I know that I’m not an expert on viruses. I didn’t go to medical school, and as a result, I don’t know what the answer to this particular virus is. Hell, it seems like nobody really does at this point. Having said that, I can say with confidence that releasing prisoners under the guise of Covid-19 safety is definitely not the answer. It is backed by no virology or criminology science, and quite frankly, it’s just a stupid idea to anybody with an ounce of common sense. This isn’t a game of Monopoly, so stop giving out “Get out of jail free” cards to criminals because of Covid-19. They sacrificed their right to freely social distance outside of jail like the rest of us the second they got caught breaking the law. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.