Gun Related Crimes Are Soaring Throughout The Country; Hartford CT Is Not An Exception
According to Dan Toner, of 3-D Bail Bonds, Inc of Hartford CT the rise in gun violence may be related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He states “incarcerated individuals have been released back into the streets from custody to help reduce the spread of the virus in Correctional facilities”. This has reduced incarceration but may have helped create the public safety issue we are now feeling in the streets.
Additionally, he adds “the Courthouses have been reducing the number of people entering their buildings so criminal court cases have been continued without the defendant’s attendance. He believes “the lack of consequences for criminal behavior is a major factor in these increases, not only in Hartford, but throughout the country.
There isn’t a single reason why gun violence is on the rise, there are many. As we look a bit closer to the issue, Hartford City Officials also believe a contributing factor to be the pandemic that hit in early 2020. COVID-19 has caused the adjudication process to take a huge hit. One individual said “Due to pandemic related concerns, in some cases, offenders associated with violent crimes were being released earlier than usual, when they normally would’ve been held in custody”. Additionally, “In-person” probation and parole meetings have slowed down due to COVID concerns. This along with lower and/or no bond being required in pretrial matters.
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