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Boston’s New DA Refuses to Prosecute ‘Low-Level’ Crimes.


Rachael Rollins, the district attorney in Suffolk County, MA, has reduced prosecutions on “low-level” crimes by not charging perpetrators.

The new district attorney in Boston will no longer prosecute crimes including shoplifting, larceny, threats, and drug possession, according to a report released earlier this year.

Rachael Rollins’s plans were drawn up with the explicit intention of assisting would-be criminals from minority communities.

The new year brought a new district attorney to Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Rollins won 80 per cent of the vote last November on the promise to reduce prosecutions on “low-level” crimes. And she’s done just that.

But not by addressing the causes of crime or working to better the community. The new DA is simply not charging perpetrators.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins is simply not charging perpetrators.

Rollins released a sixty-five page ‘policy memo’ early this year which reads like a social justice warrior handbook.

She runs her office how she ran her campaign: based on identity politics.

Rollins is the first woman of color district attorney in Suffolk County, which encapsulates Boston. The crimes she will no longer charge perpetrators for disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African-Americans.

Appendix C of Rollins’s memo includes the following list of fifteen “low-level” “non-violent” crimes Rollins said she will not be charging:

  • Trespassing
  • Shoplifting
  • Larceny
  • Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Breaking and Entering (into Non-Vacant Property to Sleep/Escape Cold, with Property Damage)
  • Breaking and Entering (into Non-Vacant Property to Sleep/Escape Cold, no Property Damage)
  • Wanton or Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Threats
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Marijuana Possession and Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Non-Marijuana Drug Possession
  • Resisting Arrest

CC Ben Schumin

Both Governor Charlie Baker and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco are pushing back on Rollins’s plans.

“Several of the policies announced in the memo would, if implemented as proposed, put at risk the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to combat the ongoing crisis of the opioid epidemic and substantially restrict government’s ability to protect victims threatened with serious crimes,” Turco wrote to Rollins.

“Low-level” and “non-violent” crime are not the sole targets, either. Rollins’s policies are escalating.

Michael Graham of the Boston Herald details how “shoplifting and loitering has now, according to the Boston Globe-Democrat, drifted over to drug possession and police assault.”

“Shoplifting and loitering has now, drifted over to drug possession and police assault.” – Michael Graham

The Boston Globe “reviewed more than 1,000 district court cases, of which nearly 300 have been dismissed since Rollins took office. Most involved motor vehicle offenses, but her office also dismissed 18 drug cases, including cases of possession of heroin and crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute and 11 assault or assault and battery charges, including one case alleging assault and battery on a police officer.”

One case thrown out by the Suffolk DA involved a couple being caught with a small child, heroin, and pills in the back seat of their car. The man involved had been convicted one a year prior on the charge of dealing heroin. This time, he was allowed to walk.

“I don’t believe accountability has to equal incarceration. There are many ways that we can hold people accountable without putting them in jail,” says District Attorney Rachael Rollins on the second page of her memo.

The only seemingly logical part of Rollins’s policy, is providing adolescents, the mentally ill, and others in need with the resources (programs, et cetera) in order to put them on a better path.

But this can be done as part of sentencing. Failing to charge perpetrators and letting them walk does not better the community – it tolerates, if not encourages, crime.

Boston has higher violent crime rates per 1,000 people than the United States average.

Sofia Carbone is a junior editor at Human Events

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