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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Crime and Criminal Justice Problems in the United States: A Short List

1. There are too many pedophiles in our schools, churches, and government.

2. The police are shooting too many people who do not pose serious threats.

3. There are too many SWAT teams conducting forced entry, low-risk drug raids.

4. Crime lab understaffing has produced unacceptable backlogs and unreliable results.

5. We are experiencing an epidemic of mass murder and mass murder-suicides.

6. The country is becoming increasingly drug-addled, drunk, and mentally ill.

7. We have a serious shortage of competent, well-trained criminal investigators.

8. Law enforcement in general has become too militarized and zero-toleerent.

9. There are too many unnecessary, redundant federal crimes.

10. We are giving guns to school teachers unprepared to make life and death decisions.

11. The police have become Taser-happy.

12. Teachers are using police officers to criminalize classroom disciplinary problems.

13. It takes too long to execute death row prisoners.

14. Our courtrooms are contaminated with junk science and phony experts.

15. Light, plea bargained sentences for violent criminals do not fit their crimes.

16. There is a serious shortage of highly trained forensic pathologists.

17. Prosecutors continue to rely too heavily on eyewitnesses and jailhouse informants.

18. The American media is awash in violence and pornography.

19. Criminals and terrorists are entering the U.S. through Mexico.

20. Criminal hackers pose a threat to our financial systems and national security.

21. Due to the threat of terrorism, citizens have been losing their privacy through massive governmental data collection and spying.

22. Unsupervised pedophiles and rapists on parole are reoffending at alarming rates.

23. There are too many untreated, violent paranoid schizophrenics on our streets.

24. The U.S. is in the midst of a spree-shooting epidemic.

25. Police in many cities are overwhelmed by hit-and-run cases.

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