Unsolved crime insults victims & families
The vast majority of crimes reported to police are not solved in New Jersey, representing another aspect of our fundamentally dysfunctional government. Only about half of the murders reported in this state are cleared with an arrest, and upwards of 75 percent of all reported crimes escape justice.
I am running for governor in the Democratic primary election because voters need a candidate who is not part of an establishment that ignores problems and I am clearly convinced that the so-called leading contenders do not care about people.
Wall Street billionaire Phil Murphy wants to destroy democracy, so he is not going to solve crime because it is an issue far away from his sphere of concern, which is all about greed for money and power. Political insiders like John Wisniewski have had decades to address this problem but it only gets worse.
Annual statistics released by the State Police show the vast majority of crimes go unsolved and the problem is getting worse. The only smart solution is a revolutionary restructuring of law enforcement in New Jersey.
We need to stop wasting resources on the ineffective ‘war against drugs’ so we can redeploy police where they can do the most good. This unmitigated failure cost billions of taxpayer dollars and ruined millions of lives instead of addressing a public health issue in a sensible and intelligent way. No American should be jailed for smoking marijuana.
We cannot accept or ignore the fundamental injustice of unsolved crime. We spend billions of dollars on law enforcement but grieving families and innocent victims are not getting the justice that will help restore their shattered lives.
A majority of homicides reported in 2015 were not solved by police, which means that last year, a majority of killers got away with murder. For lesser crimes, including violent offenses and robberies, the vast majority of criminals are never brought to justice. Upwards of 75 percent of crimes reported to police in most communities are not solved.
The problem can be solved, but the existing political establishment is not interested in protecting public safety because it means ruffling feathers among certain special interest groups.
We need to stop wasting the time of law enforcement officials with nuisance laws, a failing war on drugs and incompetent deployment. Removing politics from police work is another critical priority, along with ending the distrust that exists among many citizens and those brave people sworn to serve and protect our society.
Unfortunately, there is an incredible lack of courage among the people entrusted with making these decisions and we need to replace a lot of elected officials to make government more responsive to serious needs and widespread public desires. People have demonstrated they are willing to ‘throw the bums out’ so I hope to recruit candidates to join my ‘Democrats for Change‘ team on the primary election ballot so there are worthy replacements instead of petulant pretenders like Donald Trump.
I would pursue a massive government restructuring to assure residents that the pursuit of justice will no longer be relegated to such a low priority that killers, rapists and thieves can have a fair degree of certainty that they will never be punished for their crimes.