In a New York Post Article published May 2012, former Rockland County District Attorney Michael Borngiorno explained the reason for the spike in crime is a direct result of releasing felons convicted of drug crimes back on the streets. The premise of the ‘reform’ drug laws, considered by its’ proponents lament the punishments are draconian and the felons are non-violent. Why Crime’s Rising by Michael Borngiorno
However, according to Mr. Borngiorno, facts stubbornly refute those notions and render them untrue. Crime has not just steadily increased throughout New York State and New York City, but continues to spike.
Adding to what appears to be the flawed judgement of prematurely releasing felons in trade for drug treatment options is now the offer made by Governor Cuomo to turn New York State prisons into university campuses on the tax-payers dime.
The untested premise being that incarceration is somehow psychologically, emotionally, and scholastically conducive to learning Macro-economics, geometry, Latin; to stop violent crimes by drug gangs, dealers, rapists, and convicted assailants, both in and out of prison. Not taking into consideration other realistic factors, such as the basic reading comprehension of most convicted felons, many of whom cannot pass a basic reading exam in the first place.
Leading opponents to conclude that the dumbing down practices associated with the now largely disproved COMMON CORE curriculum; is a predetermined design to suppress students with the potential to excel, in order to keep everyone on the same level as those who are incarcerated.
It may be prudent to heed warnings from trained legal minds like former District Attorney Borngiorno before political spin advisors consulting politicians on laws for the purpose of optics, propaganda, and hood-winking the voters, in order to saddle them with more tax burdens and endanger the public with more violent criminals, for the sole purpose of retaining political power.
The warning and the question are the same when one must ask; how does supplanting education with orientation for the young, while redirecting scare resources to the incarcerated, create a society of scholastic achievers and law abiding productive citizens?
Next time former District Attorney Borngiorno issues a warning, we should take heed to give it serious consideration. The tested method is to educate and teach our young to be successful by valuing scholastic achievement not mocking it. To instill the virtues of honesty and value of hard work, not glorifying drug dealing, criminality, and fool them into the rich rewards for this type of conduct.
Sadly, the penal system is a cottage industry and those politicians who are setting up our young folks for failure are also lining them up for incarceration that would feed the State coffers with more tax payer dollars to pay for it.