Is Less Always More? The Unintended Consequences of New York State’s Parole Reform | Manhattan Institute

On July 10, 2021, an unknown assailant barged into the boarding-house room where 47-year-old Heather Majors was sleeping and attacked her with a hatchet, slashing her more than 30 times. Rochester, New York, emergency responders were called to the scene, but Majors’s injuries proved too…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/unintended-consequences-of-new-york-states-parole-reform

Destroyed by Discovery: How New York State’s Discovery Law Destabilizes the Criminal Justice System | Manhattan Institute

Prosecutors are required to hand over relevant material to defense attorneys prior to trial, a process referred to as “discovery.” Discovery is fundamental to a fair trial because it is impossible for defendants to make informed plea-bargain decisions if they do not know the strength of the…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/how-new-york-discovery-law-destabilizes-criminal-justice-system

Pittsburgh Police resume certain minor traffic stops despite policy against them | 90.5 WESA

This has been an interest of mine. How can a municipality dictate the enforcement of State Law? In this case vehicle and traffic law.

The below article has likes to the specific law and it allows for “secondary enforcement” but not primary enforcement.

The two violations I’ll discuss are expired registration and expired inspection. I am surprised that expired registration gets a pass because it’s a money grab for the State and expired inspection is a SAFETY issue and/or an EMISSIONS issue. Emissions! Hello environmentalists.

The main question is how can a municipality set aside a subset a laws and label them “Do Not Enforce”. Every other municipality enforces these laws yet in Pennsylvania yet in Pittsburgh these laws are purposefully under enforced.

What other State laws can be ignored? Theft? Damage to property? Assault? Murder? Or just vehicle and traffic laws?

When police take the oath of office the swear to uphold the laws and the constitution of the State and the municipality that they work in. How can a municipality have police stop enforcing state law?

The ARTICLE:

Pittsburgh Police officials say a city ordinance that blocks enforcement of certain minor traffic violations is “preventing them from doing their jobs.”
— Read on www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2023-01-12/pittsburgh-police-resume-secondary-traffic-stops-despite-city-ordinance-against-them

Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System: 2021 Report to the Washington Supreme Court

See the report HERE: digitalcommons.law.seattleu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi

See ALSO

This is the Prequel Report that provides historical background to the 2021 report.
Research Working Group, Preliminary Report on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice
System
, 47 G ONZ . L. R EV . 251 (2011–2012), 35 S EATTLE U. L. R EV . 623 (2012), 87 W ASH . L. R EV . 1 (2012) [hereinafter 2011 Preliminary Report]. Because of the difficulties of providing pinpoint citations to all three journals, page references to this report will be to the PDF of the report released to the public as part of its historic presentation to the Court,
available here: https://perma.cc/6BV4-RBB8.

Weighing the Impact of Simple Possession of Marijuana | United States Sentencing Commission

(January 2023) This publication assesses recent trends in federal sentencing for simple possession of marijuana, as well as how prior sentences for simple possession affect criminal history calculations under the guidelines.
— Read on www.ussc.gov/research/research-reports/weighing-impact-simple-possession-marijuana

The System: Race and Policing | The Marshall Project

Here is a view that Police were organized to protect the rich and enforce laws against minorities. Some have strong beliefs on this. Check out the various articles and the links within the articles and see if you are in agreement or do they challenge your views?

Police forces in the U.S. were originally founded to secure private property—including human beings.
— Read on www.themarshallproject.org/2020/10/21/race-and-policing

Policy Recommendations to Renew and Reform New York State | Manhattan Institute

NOTE: Keep checking back new policy recommendations are added.

The following are policy recommendations adapted from the Empire Center’s The Next New York series, which aims to renew and reform New York state. Topics addressed by Manhattan Institute scholars for this briefing book include criminal justice, education, mental health, and…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/policy-recommendations-to-renew-and-reform-new-york-state

What Killed Michael Brown?

I just finished watching the documentary “What Killed Michael Brown“. I recommend to anyone that has an interest in police and race relations to watch the movie. WKMB is a much different approach than I expected. It was more subtle and elegant in the way it discusses the issues surrounding the death of Michael Brown. I really shouldn’t have been surprised because the movie has the essence of Shelby Steele. The movie also had a 1970’s type vibe to it. It does not feel dated just a different cinematic vibe. It’s unique and cool.

There is limited discussion about the facts and actual killing of Michael Brown. The movie is straight forward in that account of it. Below are links to official reports if interested in more detail. There are several key concepts about the surrounding issues discussed in the move present below.

First is the difference between Poetic Truth vs Objective Truth. Steele said that Poetic Truth carries with it the history that surrounds an incident like racism and bias. The mere fact that Brown was Black and Wilson was White. Where Objective Truth is the truth that is uncovered by the evidence. The cold hard truth. Poetic Truth is the basis of rumors. Poetic Truth traps a person into solving the wrong problems.

Steele also talks about White Guilt and how White people have to prove they are NOT racists. Steele argues that Liberal power equals White Guilt which means Blacks MUST be victims of racism. White Guilt’s corruption needs Blacks to be Black.

The movie points out Eric Holders visit to Ferguson and Holder’s attack on police was against ALL of the history of police actions not just what happened in Ferguson. Holder made the shooting of Michael Brown an indictment of ALL policing and it’s history from slavery to modern day incidents. Think about it. It is a model, Steele points out, that Rev. Al Sharpton uses all the time.

Steele discusses the conditions of Black a neighborhood and the “Snapshot” mentality meaning that the current conditions at the time dictate decisions without thinking that the conditions will improve. Could this also be that they captured conditions at it’s worst? Before a likely improvement, ignoring the inevitable? Steele also explained how public housing steals “equity” from property (value in home ownership).

Pruitt-Igoe Myth (1:13:45) Steele discusses how when he was raised, he didn’t know it at the time, that he was poor. He talks about how the parents in the neighborhood would monitor and correct the kids if they were behaving badly. The kids were respectful to the adults. Then Steele goes on to say how the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex usurped that authority from the neighborhood in a form of government white supremacy and colonialism. I guess the government taking over the role as community leaders by becoming the sole providers in a neighborhood.

Liberalism – dismisses individual responsibility always defining fault as a systemic enemy – like racism. Bob Woodson states in the movie that it is “lethal to exempt people from personal responsibility” which may be the cause of Michael Brown’s actions. Liberalism makes Blacks invisible. This leads to Black people not having individual problems and Racism becoming the EXCLUSIVE problem.

1:33:00 Good Faith vs Bad Faith Movements
Good Faith Movement was the Civil Rights Movement – it wanted inclusion into America
Bad Faith Movement is the BLM movement – it is against the nuclear family, defund the police, and wants out of America

Discussions about the Movie

The Glenn Show – What Killed Michael Brown Podcast discussion with Shelby & Eli Steele. Excellent!
Link to the Glenn Show HERE

Official Reports

FBI Memorandum DOJ Investigation Shooting Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson
https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown_1.pdf

Ferguson Complaint
https://www.justice.gov/crt/file/832451/download

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department – Findings Report
https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2015/03/04/ferguson_findings_3-4-15.pdf

Ferguson Consent Decree
https://www.justice.gov/crt/file/883846/download

Ferguson Case Summary
https://www.justice.gov/crt/special-litigation-section-case-summaries/download#ferguson-summ