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The Only Thing Worse than Failure Is Complacency | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

The Only Thing Worse than Failure Is Complacency

For most people, the fear of failure keeps them from taking chances or venturing outside their safe zone. If you are an office drone or factory worker this is not a problem but if you work in the criminal justice system it can be extremely frustrating for your co-workers. But there is something even more dangerous than failure and that is complacency.

More times than we care to admit a criminal is released only to turn around and reenter a life of crime. Society usually never hears about this, if they did it would fill newspapers. Those cases that do gain publicity are usually high profile and, unfortunately, gruesome. Such is the case of Thomas Hartless.

Thomas Hartless was involved in a shootout with police on May 12, during which he killed Kirkersville Ohio Police Chief Steven Disario. This was after Hartless killed his ex-girlfriend and her nursing home coworker. As I am sure you have realized Hartless has recently been release on early parole. That’s right, he was released only 20 days into a 90-day sentence for an earlier domestic violence conviction.

The judge who signed Hartless’s release papers says he is “haunted” by the events- but it’s not his fault. He admits he never even met Hartless, basing his decision to release him on a probation report. But the probation department never conducted the required review of his file. This means they never read the repeated reports concerning an ever increasing pattern of violence and threats against his ex-girlfriend. No one conducted and inspection of his home either. If they had they probably would have observed the 60 firearms police later recovered. Numerous probation employees face discipline, but they real culprit is the system, not those working in it.

With the exception of most law enforcement officers, a few prosecutors and even fewer judges the criminal justice is infected with liberals. These keepers of the gate truly believe that everyone deserves a second chance, although they are willing to grant that second chance repeatedly. Criminals are repeatedly granted early release, treatment rather than incarceration and fewer and fewer consequences. Most of the time these failures result in nothing more than a revolving door of crime, but the problem is much bigger than that.

As in the Hartless case, the repeated cycle of simply saying “yes” alternate punishment leads to a complacency, a belief that even being wrong doesn’t really matter. This makes it easier and easier to say “yes” until “no” is not even an option. If you consider the Hartless case the fact that he only served 20 days before early release it means the decision to review his case started almost immediately following conviction. Complacency is the only answer.

It’s time that prosecutors, judges and correction officials stop trying to simply move people through the pipeline. Deals, pleas bargains and social experimenting from the bench need to stop. Cases need to be reviewed and decisions made based on what is best for society. In other words, someone needs to make a decision to do the right thing.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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