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Apparently Brian D Bass never watched Columbo or The New Detectives. From AP-

JONESBORO, Ark. - Police say DNA found on a half-eaten candy bar helped them zero in on a robbery suspect.

Detective Jason Simpkins says Brian D. Bass' DNA matched the sample found on the bar left on the counter at Cato Animal Hospital during a January robbery. Bass was being held in jail Friday on $50,000 bond.

Bass was on probation after he served time on a firearms possession charge. Simpkins said the state had his DNA on file.

Police say Bass is facing felony commercial burglary and theft charges.

There was a 1990's episode of Columbo where a future attorney general named Oscar Finch murdered an organized crime figure who threatened to spill the beans on something the attorney did in the past. Patrick 'The Prisoner' McGoohan(As the actor has aged through the years he has grown to resemble my maternal grandfather) was tripped up by a half eaten snack at the crime scene. By taking a bite out of some cheese, Finch left his bite mark behind.

From what I gather a criminal has to leave a sample of his DNA at many if not most crime scenes. Does this account for why the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world?


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I can't speak to federal cr... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

I can't speak to federal crimes or other states, but it's been my experience working 30 years as a cop that you have to EARN your way to prison in Kalifornia with multiple probations, diversions, local jail time, community service, etc. Your first screw up has to be pretty major to land you in prison here on a 1st offense. But those prattling on about incarceration rates always look at it from the point of view of the white man putting down minorities. How come they never ask the question of why it is that minorities have a higher prison rate. Obviously some crime was committed, or was that made up to?

The US might have the highe... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

The US might have the highest incarceration rate because there is still a respect for the rule of law here. Enron officials did not escape some form of justice, and law enforcement and governments know that future crimes are committed by today's criminals. If one future crime can be stopped by having the highest incarceration rate in the world, that is a good thing.

The American judicial syste... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

The American judicial system is primarily about money. Justice is sometimes a product, but is often supplanted by financial, political, and personal matters of those in control. OJ, and others, have shown clearly and without doubt that one can often get all the "justice" one can afford. The corruption of law enforcement, lawyers, judges, legislators, prison personnel, and others associated with "justice" is legendary and pervasive in the American system.

Capitalism and totalitarianism are the main drivers of the increase in incarceration in America. Building, supplying, and staffing prisons are BIG business; those businesses spent large sums at the local, state, and federal levels to maintain the same northeast growth curves that all profitable businesses desire. Those growth curves depend on selling more units at a higher price per unit, one financial quarter after another. In the prison business, there is collaboration between Government, which has become a totalitarian behemoth on the backs of the common citizen, and the seekers of the legal tender. To insure increasing revenues and profits, a prison Business must have increased units (prisoners), for increased lengths of time (longer sentences, more things criminalized), and provide more services per unit (medical, dental, mental health, and so forth). Such a system, that has so much money on the table to be divided among the politicians, the lawyers, the penal businesses, and the Government, becomes a crusher of lives and of families, The Law notwithstanding.

America has reached a point where The People fear The Government. It is not supposed to be this way. One in three hundred Americans in prison is crime against humanity.

That's just silly rhetoric ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

That's just silly rhetoric twolaneflash.




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