Help fight crime: Show up for jury duty

August 18, 2014 By Mike Biberstine
Indystar

It’s time for all of us to step up and take responsibility for public safety in our city.

I don’t debate for one second the need for additional police officers on the streets. But, that by itself will not solve our problems.

We will never remove the entire criminal element from our city. There are, however, steps we can take to improve the deterrence for which criminal laws are partially created.

Some who commit crimes in our city take up criminal activity as a profession, committing numerous crimes before they’re arrested and charged the first time. While they are free awaiting trial, many of them commit additional crimes, with which they are subsequently charged. I watched this happen every day as I served as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County.

Every act of crime must be met with consequences. We must collectively make it clear that the criminals are not going to dictate our sense of security.

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