“Rapist” took to the streets because of the soft attitude of New York to crime
New York’s lax approach to crime has resulted in yet another casualty: A 21-year-old woman was raped in her Manhattan apartment over the weekend by an alleged career criminal who, in any sane world, would have ended up behind bars instead.
Jamel McIver was captured 15 times before reaching a plea deal in 2019 for a sexual assault and burglary case in the Bronx.
And even that didn’t put him off.
The deal required McIver to complete a two-year rehab program.
Then he was kicked out for using K-2 – and no one told the prosecutor or court.
This left him free on the street when he should have been in jail.
So, authorities allege that McIver followed the woman to her apartment building on Saturday and raped her.
The whole thing stinks.
Why did prosecutors make a plea deal with a guy who had 15 lawsuits?
McIver broke into the bedroom in the 2019 crime, prosecutors say 16 year old girl and forced her to caress him.
And they send him to rehab?
Also, the moment he broke the deal by using drugs, prosecutors should have been notified and McIver was locked up behind bars.
Instead, the city contractor who put him in rehab says he only sent an email to McIver’s lawyer, who says he missed it.
It’s all too typical of New York City’s criminal justice system: prosecutors and judges who give criminals endless “second chances.”
Helpless agencies and lawyers who don’t understand the dangers of releasing a serial predator.
That same reckless disregard for public safety led to reckless reforms of the state’s criminal justice system — cashless bail, raising the age, an unfeasible burden on prosecutors — that sparked an alarming surge in crime in New York.
As of Sunday, violent crime is up 48% this year from the same period two years ago.
Mayor Eric Adams vowed to reduce crime, both he and the NYPD have managed to reduce the number of murders by 8%. However, rape still rose by 17%, robbery by 42% and car theft by 103%.
To end the horrors, New Yorkers need lawmakers in Albany to fix the laws properly, once and for all, but they are resisting.
The public also needs prosecutors, judges, city agencies and groups who provide services such as rehabilitation, as well as defense attorneys who are “officials of the court” to take their jobs seriously and think about victims.
Justice must be blind and not have both hands tied behind its back.
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