As we enter the new year, statisticians will be crunching the numbers on crimes in New Jersey and across the country. Once calculated, policy makers, police and others will attempt to use those numbers to make a point, pass legislation or influence governmental activity. One number that will need to be crunched is the number of federally sanctioned crimes allowed by the FBI.
One of the reasons to wait for this number is because between 2011 and 2012, the FBI allowed 5 percent more crimes in exchange for information. Although many people in New Jersey may assume those only include drug crimes or crimes of corruption, these sanctioned crimes also include violent crimes.
So, the federal government is allowing more crimes to happen just so it can get more information. In 2012, there were at least 5,939 times in which the federal government turned a blind eye to a violation of the law. Will 2013 have even more? If so, why do New Jersey prosecutors come down so hard on individuals charged with violent crimes when the government gives individuals a pass in exchange for information?
If you were to ask several prosecutors why the penalties are so harsh for violent offenders, the answer would be to protect members of the community. If that was true, the FBI would not allow or would allow far fewer instances in which it was acceptable for informants to commit acts of violence.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this double standard is ending anytime soon. For the mean time, it is important that anyone charged with a violent crime works with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: RT News, “FBI allowed even more crimes in 2012 than in previous year,” Dec. 27, 2013