Protect witnesses better to reduce crime rates

2013-09-29T00:00:00Z Protect witnesses better to reduce crime rates nwitimes.com
September 29, 2013 12:00 am

We must beat criminals with precisely what they lack -- common sense. Additional personnel will not significantly reduce crime or increase safety.

Police make the arrests. Banning guns will not ban murder, and judges and juries are hard-pressed to enforce maximum code without witnesses.

The problem is witness protection. There are usually plenty of witnesses. Feeling unprotected, they are publicly silent to protect their loved ones.

A felon's right to face his accuser need not jeopardize a witness's safety. We need laws and methods and procedures that protect the witness.

Apathetic, non-voters allow the elite to choose popular leaders over prepared leaders. Overcrowded with victimless offenders, prisons have become cesspools for incubating hardened criminals who then receive early release, adding threat to the witness. 

Not least, we fail to capture youths before they decide what side of the fence they prefer. But, that is another letter.

- Dr. Jesus "Jes" L. Ortiz, East Chicago

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