Growing up in the 1950s, my vision of law and order was Dragnet. This was a vision I held till I retired as a professional soldier in 1985. Whereas Florida has become my home since 1961, I did not live here till my retirement. That is when I started following a host of issues of which crime and punishment climbed to the top of the list.
Having lived and worked in a lot of third world countries, I always took pride in the fact American jurisprudence was about justice. The truth is that American justice is not about ‘protect and serve’ but is a patchwork quilt of laws that arise out of political opportunism designed to cater to a particular interest group that will reward the legislatures that write them with the political gold of contributions and endorsements during elections.
Nowhere have I seen a clearer example of this political opportunism than in Widow refuses to attend bill signing ceremony for new law named after her husband.
The payoff in Florida has been a higher incarceration ratio than the US as a whole and the US has a higher incarceration ratio than any country in the world. You would think it would make Florida a safer place to live but in reality for over 40 consecutive years Florida has had a higher violent crime rate than the nation as a whole and the nation has had a higher violent crime rate that any country on this planet.