If you ever thought the inmates were running the institution, this ought to lock it for you.
When Rachael Rollins takes over the Suffolk County, Massachusetts prosecutor's office in January, there will be no prosecution of people who break into your house in the middle of the night -- if they're cold -- or if they steal your stuff if it's value is less than $250.
Criminals will no longer need to worry about being held accountable for many offenses -- including resisting arrest.
Veteran Boston defense attorney, Robert Griffin say, "It's a recipe for disaster. The problem is the message that you're sending. You're encouraging bad behavior. You're telling people that we're not going to do anything about this."
Rollins, 47, has been widely hailed -- and widely criticized -- for her well-publicized "Charges to be Declined" list, which she has featured on her campaign webpage.
Check it out. It's quite a list: https://tinyurl.com/y79ahth2
With rare exception, offenses of shoplifting, trespass, threats, and larceny under $250 will no longer be prosecuted, as well as disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and "minor driving offenses."
Breaking and entering will not be prosecuted, as long as the perpetrator makes sure the property is vacant. Alternatively, those who commit break-ins of occupied homes because they are cold or tired, but don't damage anything, will also be in the clear.
Offenders won't have to worry about going to court over receiving stolen property or underage drinking, and won't be held accountable for wanton or malicious destruction of property, either.
Making threats will also be permitted, with the exception of those related to domestic violence.
Drug possession will no longer be prosecuted in Suffolk County -- even in cases where the suspect is a drug dealer.
Cases where an offender is charged with resisting arrest and nothing else will also be turned away, as well as any instances where the person resists arrest while being charged with another offense on Rollins' "Charges to be Declined" list.
Posted by S.Noble on December 9, 2018