(TruthandLiberty.com) – How often does America need to hear horror stories about prison releases gone bad? On April 10, 2020, New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that provided what the governor called “low-risk” inmates with get-out-of-jail-free cards.
The order was supposed to protect health and save the lives of inmates. Instead, one “low-risk” inmate took two innocent lives.
Tonight, I signed an EO allowing vulnerable, low-risk inmates to receive temporary home confinement to protect their health and the health and safety of those working in our correctional facilities, striking a balance between public health, public safety, and victims’ rights. pic.twitter.com/N2xiT6ZzEC
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 11, 2020
On November 4, 2020, convicted burglar Jerry Crawford was released from prison. Two days later, Crawford and an accomplice murdered 18-year-old David Scarborough of Bridgeton, NJ. Police said they discovered Scarborough’s body in a field near an apartment complex. Crawford allegedly shot the victim multiple times.
Video footage from the complex showed Crawford, the accomplice and the victim shortly before the alleged murder. Witnesses last saw the three together walking in the field where police found Scarborough’s body.
The authorities charged the two men with first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
Numerous states have initiated similar jail release programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their systems. Unfortunately, cases like Crawford’s haven’t been unique as many inmates have re-offended soon after their release. Crimes have ranged from burglary, carjacking, ID theft, murder and other violent crimes.
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