That's the essential problem with using the criminal justice system to wage a war on drugs, said Camille Kozlowski, a chief of the Cook County public defender's office in Skokie.
"African-Americans and minorities have always been overwhelmingly overrepresented in the criminal justice system," she said. "So it stands to reason when you're going to fight this war on drugs, it's going to be the same thing.
"But if what you're really trying to do is stop people from using drugs, then wouldn't it be logical to go after everyone equally?" WHAT, DID SHE JUST SAY?
What is her spin point above, really about? Smoke and mirror's maybe?
From what we read in the Tribune article, Judge Evans and the other's are making another move, towards obtaining more Federal money for social programs as a fix. Statements of "Instead of locking offender's up we should treat them for their addiction". So, we will pose a question. "How Do You treat all the gang member's and other's involved in the distribution portion, who are not the addicts?" You start by bumping their turf and cutting into their sales, or attempt to cut down the illegal distribution and crime, you arrest them for breaking the laws. All the area's mentioned in the article are admittedly densely populated and African American per the article. Aside from the safe zones mentioned, this is Chicago in Cook County and its a large metro area of crime opportunity. Which makes these area's, easy to navigate by foot, mass transit or car, and street vendor friendly.
The communities, in the article demonstrate the high police call rate for those area's. A big demand for police service, which just happens to be, draining numerous other Chicago communities of their police protection driving up their crime. The article also touches on our prior noted lack of manpower issue, mentioned on this blog.
Sounds like were moving into, a desire to have a big catch and release program. Where the criminals conduct, will be similar to the border catch and release program. All the drugs coming in from across the Mexican border, just happen to be feeding into these drug waves across the country, but lets just throw more Tax payer Federal money at the problem, blink twice give a hug and it will fix itself. Chicago and Cook County, continues to demonstrate itself as one big enabler of coddling co-dependent wrong-doing, but not really addressing what the real problems are. You can't babysit an addict, who may also have other criminal charges on their records, once their off and on their own and right back into the community, filled with these still existing problems. Repeat offenders and other's, have to want this help and if were not talking about the addicts, we must be talking about the sellers and distributor's, which is it?
This article isn't really about race, as much as its about, using the race card, as yet just another means to get at Federal money, for another Social program. In our opinion. It is a Federal Fund Raid, ploy. Read today's article in the Tribune and determine for yourself, since the media was apparently not reporting on other crimes across the city and state being that, today was a "Chicago highlight day, FOR GUN TURN IN NUMBERS."
Ald. Walter Burnett's West Side 27th Ward was the site of the first open-air drug market shut down by police this year. Burnett said he is constantly fielding calls from residents who want police to shut down drug operations in the area.
Not only do residents feel they are imprisoned in their homes by the gang violence, he said, but they are also frustrated by the constant property crimes and street hustling committed by the drug users traveling into the neighborhood to buy dope.
"They steal everything," Burnett said. "They steal water hoses, they steal garbage cans, they steal gutters off of buildings. They break into houses, they break into cars. If you have children or a wife, you don't want them outside because these [drug users] are going to be walking all around looking like zombies."
Shutting down these outdoor markets is a centerpiece to the police's strategy of attacking guns, gangs and drugs in Chicago. Last year, Chicago police shut down 56 open-air drug markets, amounting to nearly 600 arrests.
A sampling of predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Chicago revealed that 97 percent of East Garfield Park, 99 percent of West Garfield Park, 98 percent of Woodlawn, 96 percent of Englewood and 82 percent of Austin fall within "safe zones