Spare the Rod...
- Probably the most significant way that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continues to distinguish herself from her political brethren is by challenging the get tough law-and-order assumptions underlying our criminal justice system.
On Friday, Preckwinkle opened a new front in her campaign for a more thoughtful approach to crime and punishment by seeking an end to the Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of certain felonies to be tried and sentenced in adult court.
Preckwinkle said she will make elimination of the state’s “automatic transfer” law her top criminal justice priority in the Legislature, likely putting her on a collision course with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Just another in a long line of democrats catering to the criminal class. Reduced penalties, early releases, low bonds, shameful plea deals, and now this. The entire goal for Prickwrinkle appears to be electronic home monitoring for any and all offenses.