Wow…this is a wonderfully uplifting piece of news! According to this article, “San Francisco Judges Dismiss 66,000 Arrest Warrants Against The City’s Homeless“, the judges there are doing “the right thing”.
Despite the widespread maltreatment of the homeless, judges in San Francisco have been dismissing thousands upon thousands of arrest warrants targeting the homeless because “it was the right thing to do.”
Isn’t this just such wonderful news to hear in this holiday season? Ironically, I’m listening to the song “Peace on Earth” and the words “greatest gift of all” is playing. Brings tears to my eyes…God bless those judges! We hear so many horrible stories of cities where they are making it illegal to help the poor and homeless, even charging and arresting anyone who tries to help them. How truly heartwarming to read this wonderful piece of news!
Indeed, it is the right thing to do, considering the situation!
Many of these arrest warrants were for so-called “quality of life” crimes, which include sleeping on sidewalks or public places, urinating in public, and public drunkenness. The vast majority of these infractions are punishable only by fines, which the homeless obviously cannot afford. In years prior, those who failed to show up in court or were unable to pay the fines were issued arrest warrants carrying a sentence of five days in jail or longer depending on the fine’s amount.
Arresting people because they are poor and homeless and have nowhere to go. How more asinine can our world get???
Just within the past year, this inhuman precedent changed for the better when San Francisco Superior Court judges stopped issuing arrest warrants for these “quality of life” crimes. Not only that, but the judges also threw out over 66,000 arrest warrants that had been issued since January 2011. Though the San Francisco’s police union and some private citizens strongly protested and criticized the decision, the city’s chief judge, John Stewart, defended the judges’ actions to the press this past week. Stewart said, “you’re putting somebody in jail because they’re poor and can’t pay a fine. We got a lot of criticism, but we thought it was the right thing to do.”
Yes! It is the right thing to do…I guess the whole problem came from “gentrification”, where the exodus of wealthy tech companies to San Francisco raised the property values of homes there, resulting in a displacement of lower income people and loss of small businesses, culminating in an increasing problem of homelessness. Geez…these people have already been punished…they don’t need to be marginalized and criminalized to boot! It is wonderful to see that there is still some common decency left in the world! May these wonderful judges be justly rewarded by Source!