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July 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
Time To Focus On Crimes With Victims
Lower the priority of victimless crimes in favor of crimes with actual victims
Boca Raton, FL – This past week, much has been made about the idea of early release for non-violent criminals to assist in this year’s budget process. The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County wants to emphasize the importance of prioritization as the Palm Beach County’s budget declines. Someone needs to sit down with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and explain how he can safely and responsibly reduce his department’s budget while having having excellent results with violent crime. Currently the Sheriff wastes millions of taxpayer dollars while continually submitting higher budgets each year and he continually shows worse results each year. It is our belief the reason is a simple case of misplaced priorities. To suggest the Sheriff’s office needs to expand its jail system is not accurate, it just needs to get tough on rape, murder, domestic violence, battery, theft, and fraud.
Karl Dickey, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County said this afternoon, “For each hour a deputy spends on a victimless crime, is an hour he or she is not spending on solving or preventing a crime with an actual victim. We, as a county, need to deal with the coming deficits of our government’s county budget. Besides the Mecca Farms boondoggle, it is the PBSO’s budget and its lack of results that is of major concern in Palm Beach County. As we have been saying for the last few years, lower the priority of victimless crimes in favor of crimes with actual victims and you will see positive results from our sheriff’s office.”
The sheriff’s office has chosen to spend its hours arresting unlicensed dentists, even though they had no complaints against them and their taxpaying customers were unhappy to see their arrest. Gambling by consenting adults brings the strong arm of the PBSO even though no one complained. The PBSO would be far better off, as would all the residents of Palm Beach County, if it limited it’s focus to actions that violate the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm.
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County feels that we should not turn those who simply conduct voluntary transactions and exercise free choice into criminals.