LOCKIN’EM UP! – WV Leading The Nation


“Lockin’em up”

Lowest crime rate – highest lock-up rate. It’s plain to see what the trouble is. If you hire 5 people to look for problems you will have 5 people finding a bunch of problems. If you hire 10 people to find problems, amazingly enough, twice as many problems will be found. The day your employees stop finding problems is the day they are no longer needed. The police in WV MUST find crime to fight or they would lose their jobs. It follows that if there were fewer police, in statistical terms, the crime rate would go down. More police means more arrests=higher crime rate. Less police means less arrests=lower crime rate. This is VERY SIMPLE MATH, and it’s all relative anyhow.

Obviously, the rural counties of WV simply have too many police.

How did that happen?
The history of the WV State police is pretty interesting. They were formed right after WW1. WV was one of the first 4 states to form a State Police organization. It was felt that West Virginians were particularly violent and socially unacceptable folk. There were labor wars going on, coal miners wars, feuds, and all the rest. The WV State Police were spawned by fear of the population and formed with the creative use of lies and propaganda. Altho most citizens opposed the formation of a State authority, the governor at the time was determined to get what he wanted, no matter what. They formed the State Police to take the place of the National Guard and the militias, with their duties generally being MILITARY in nature. (They even started out wearing WW1 uniforms) The fear of communism was a starting point…

In due time there was quite a large number of State Police and with the labor wars under control, they needed to find something else for them to do. The roads were getting better, so they were mostly used as highway patrol for a long time. Years went by, and they found that no matter how many State Police were patrolling the highways, the accident and highway death rates did not improve, so they simply hired more. Which did not help still. So they started giving them more power and more jobs to do. It seems that many times local police “would not” enforce unpopular laws and of course us violent and ignorant West Virginians MUST be controlled…

Well, there are no longer any wars going on among the citizens. The highway accident rate only improved when they lowered the speed limit. The State Police have been given too much power for their necessity. They are a monster that was created to control the violent masses  and their time for usefullness in such matters is over. It’s far past time to begin reducing numbers to a more reasonable level.

Of course too many police is only one aspect of the problem. WV actually has fewer police per capita than alot of states, due to it being such a rural area. Epidemic inhumanity, corruption, and lack of compassion by prosecuting attorneys and judges who insist on doing everything “by the book” and not making allowances for the individuality of each case, refusal to take responsibility for mistakes, coupled with the fact that the citizens of this state tend to be particularly poor which makes it very difficult for many “offenders” to make bail, and WV having one of the WORST systems for handling MENTAL ILLNESS and DRUG ADDICTION, makes WV truely a “jailbird state”. These issues MUST be delt with or the entire state will not only go bankrupt from trying to keep so many people locked up, but anyone thinking about moving here or coming here for a vacation would probably think twice due to our reputation of locking everyone up.

What can be done? Not much, as I am convinced that IDIOTS and criminals are running the show. That is the only logical explaination…

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Published in: on March 22, 2007 at 3:24 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. You got that right!!!!

  2. OK, I guess that wasn’t a very nice thing to say, was it? Sorry. Love thy neighbor and all that. The proper term would be “mentally handicapped” anyhow, or is it “governmentally handicapped”? Frustration will cause you to say things… But really, sometimes it seems like we spend half our lives standing in line, doing paperwork, arguing with “customer service” on the phone, and answering questions. We bend over backwards trying to do all the things necessary just to simply live, and all we get for it is jail time… More paperwork, more rules, more money spent. If you have any after bills and taxes…

    Is it that the wheels of justice move at such a painfully slow pace that it is impossible for legislators to make any reasonable changes to the existing beurocracy? Or is it that no one has the ability to just sit back and look at the problem and say, “why, I see what’s wrong!” and go about fixing it?

    One reason The State Police were created was to over-ride the town and county police. Guess they felt the local cops weren’t doing a good enough job. But really, who would better know what their communities needed than the local people and local law enforcement. Why does “the State” need to step in to direct our actions, particularly an organization whose origins are military? No daily turf wars here, relatively no serious crime. Certainly not on a regular basis. Not much happening a sheriff and several deputies can’t handle.

    I think it’s high time “the State” hand back over a large share of power to the counties and towns, and reserve the State Police for emergencies that the counties cannot handle alone, as was intended in the beginning.

    “””……….As he set about implementing this mandate, —Arnold faced the daunting challenge of recruiting and retaining an adequate number of high quality officers. Shortly after selecting Arnold to head this vital new state agency, Governor Cornwell took time to carefully set forth his expectations as to the quality of men to be sought. His 3 July 1919 letter to the superintendent emphasized that troopers’ conduct must be such as to preserve the state’s good name. Therefore, only men of good character, tact, and intelligence, capable of maintaining a careful neutrality in all official dealings, were to be favorably considered in the selection process. The “fundamentals” of WVSP operation must be politeness and service………”””

    So, what happened?

  3. Your info and stories blow my mind… if only I could write like the WV Travelers chick or the Calhoun Underground chick or the CCC chick… but hell, I just look at ole Hot Toddy and his writing… double dog dam my writing looks real good!!!


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