Post-Holiday Crime Roundup
May 27th, 2008
Summer holiday weekends tend to generate crime headlines. The warm weather, time off, and outdoor parties are all likely contributing factors. And newspapers often have little else to fill their pages on slow news days. This Tuesday morning after Memorial Day, the New York Times reports on a string of shootings in Harlem, the Daily News covers a barbeque shooting in the Bronx and a drug induced traffic fatality in Brighton Beach, and the New York Post focuses on a Central Park mugger.
But today there are also several editorials weighing in on the larger issues of crime in the city. The New York Times argues that 35 years is long enough for New York’s Rockefeller drug laws. “The laws, which were supposed to ensnare ‘kingpins,’ have filled the prisons with drug addicts who would have been better dealt with through treatment programs,” the Times writes. And a Daily News editorial calls on the city’s district attorneys to “stop a legal prison break by as many as 8,400 convicts” who it fears might take advantage of a loophole that allows violent offenders to get parole without supervision.By Mark Berkey-Gerard on May 27, 2008, 8:48 am
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