Cases of ’Revolving Door’ Justice
Public Outery Over Repeat-Offender Crimes
In Washington, D.C., in early April, an 18-year-old youth was charged with the murder of a 35-year-old man in an apparent hold-up attempt. Two months earlier the suspect had been released without bond after allegedly trying to rob a woman at gunpoint, and over the past three years had been convicted of armed robbery, shoplifting, grand larceny and burglary.
In Los Angeles earlier this year, an 18-year-old was charged with assault and robbery of an 85-year-old woman. The youth, authorities discovered, was already out on parole for the second-degree murder of another elderly woman in the same neighborhood in 1974.
In Baltimore, a criminal with a record of nearly 20 arrests over the last dozen years was arrested ...