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Monday, September 2, 2019

Thornton P. Knowles On Petty Crime

A bored kid beats your rural mailbox to death with a baseball bat. A careless woman at the supermarket lets her grocery cart roll into your car. Someone swipes a chair from your front porch. Thanks to a drive-by thief, your newspaper is not in its box. A repeat trespasser's dog leaves a pile of himself on your freshly cut yard. You receive ten calls a day from con artists trying to get into your bank account. On the way to work you step around drug addicts passed out on the sidewalk. You can't sleep because the people living about you host loud parties three nights a week. If these are crimes at all, they're considered petty. Petty crimes. They are only petty, however, if they happen to someone else. In the American criminal justice system, the victim's perspective is all but ignored.

Thornton P. Knowles

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