Yesterday, I posted about yet another heinous sex crime committed by yet another felon who should have been in prison but was granted leniency and was free on the streets.
The information I had yesterday was limited to what I could find in public incarceration records, but today the Athens (Georgia) newspaper has more details about Jones’ criminal history.
And they are damning, not only because he got out early for a murder he committed in 1994, but even after he got out early and immediately committed another crime, the state essentially passed on an opportunity to put him behind bars for that crime for a substantial period of time.
Jones was paroled in 2010 [for the 1994 murder], but he was quickly back in prison.
In August 2011 he was arrested on stalking and terroristic threat charges for having threatened to murder a woman, according to records. The arrest sent him back to prison for a parole violation but he was paroled again in October 2013.
Two months later, on Dec. 23, Jones was convicted for the 2011 stalking and terroristic threats charges and sentenced to 200 days of incarceration with six years of probation. He was given credit for time already served.
Jones has been treated to serial leniency, which is the default choice of our justice system nearly all the time. In 1994, he was allowed to plead (presumably down from murder) to voluntary manslaughter, which put him back on the streets. Then he was given a mere 200 days (with credit for time served, no days, actually) for stalking and terroristic threats committed in 2011.
These aren’t “nothing” sentences. But they do reflect the normalization of reduced sentencing throughout the criminal justice system. Academicians, the media, and leftists relentlessly accuse our justice system of being too harsh on offenders. But exactly the opposite its true. It would not have been too harsh to sentence Jones to life without parole for murder in 1994, but he got 20 years instead, and then he got released four years early, originally serving only 16 years for taking a life. And while we don’t know all the details of the 2011 case, I doubt it would have been “harsh” at all to sentence him to something more than time served for stalking and threatening to kill a woman.
Serial leniency has now resulted in a 14-year old girl being kidnapped, raped and tortured:
[L]ast Wednesday, Athens-Clarke County police said that Jones lured a 14-year-old girl into a vehicle then locked the doors so she could not escape.
He allegedly drove the girl to an isolated location where he pulled a gun and sexually assaulted her, police said.
Jones, of Oak Hill Drive, was arrested two days later on charges of rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy.
Chalk up another rape to the anti-incarceration activists who shill the fantasy that our prisons are stuffed with victims of harsh, unjustly long sentencing — “victims” who must be petted, celebrated, sympathized with, released early, and “re-entered” into society on our dime. That little girl’s horrific ordeal is more blood on your hands.