November 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
Fugitives, be warned.
North Dakota law enforcement agencies are teaming up to tackle their backlogs of outstanding warrants and apprehend wanted offenders.
Tags: fugitives, law enforcement, laws, North Dakota, task force, warrants 15 Comments »
Wait…1 of every 36 people in the county? Nearly one-third of our population is wanted for something? That’s a giant number of people.
I wonder what the cross-section of offenses are?
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What school did you go to?
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Nonetheless, 1 out of 36 is still huge, even if my not-awake brain insisted on it being 1 out of 3.
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Don’t worry I had to double check myself before I posted that comment so I wasn’t far behind!
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Waitâ€¦1 of every 36 people in the county? Three of every 100 people I meet is wanted for something? Thatâ€™s a giant number of people.
(Reposted after deleting my earlier comment in which I showed my very poor ability to do math in the morning.)
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They are just going to do this now? What the fricken heck have they been doing before this playing checkers? Have one too many beers or smoke in a no smoking area and man they throw the book at you and NOW!
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Fugitives beware! Were gonna git you! 1 in 36 have warrants. “Are you getting it now?” enforcement campaigns. Click it or ticket. Police officers in the schools. Road blocks for alcohol enforcement checks. Does anyone else get the feeling that there is something wrong with this picture?
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The 1 out of 36 figure may be giving some people the wrong impression. Some people have 2, 3, 4 or more warrants out for them. So it is highly unlikely that 3 out of every 100 people you see has a warrant.
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That’s an excellent pointâ€”thank you. You are right; however, nationally, about 1 out of every 32 Americans is in prison, on probation, or on parole. Additionally, nearly 1 of every 100 Americans is in prison. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world: higher than even China and Russia. So, while I expect there are many with multiple warrants, 3 out of 100 wouldn’t be that unusual.
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Forgot a reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate
we are 5% of the population but have 25% of the worlds prisoners! That’s a sad statistic! I wonder how that correlates to crime rates?
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Excellent question. I suppose one would need to compare how relatively stringent each country’s laws were, too. (In other words, a country without laws would have a really low crime rate, ’cause you couldn’t break the law if you tried. A country with really strict laws would tend to have a really high crime rate.)
Either way, it is a very sad statistic. It makes me think there is something fundamentally wrong with our current system, though I’m not sure what.
Well I tell you what, I would have never taken that candy bar from the grocery store when I was a kid if I knew they were gonna chop off my hand like they do in other countries. Maybe our problem is we dole out jail and prison sentences for everything when we could handle it other ways!
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My parents brought me back there and made me give it back and apologize by the way. Taught me a lesson, Ive never been in jail!
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There are a lot of crimes that I think don’t require jail time for a just punishment, and would probably be better served by fines or significant community service or restitution. Or, in some cases, just a bit of good parenting.
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