Journal Times editorial: Bad behavior should be punished | Editorial

The saying “no good deed goes unpunished” was turned on its head recently in the Racine County lockup after the District Attorney’s office dropped about a dozen charges against an unruly inmate.

Bad deeds were about to go unpunished simply because transporting the unruly inmate who was allegedly spitting at guards, damaging property, kicking and causing problems being transported to court from the jail was too much of a hassle.

A decision to drop 13 charges against Luis C. Granados Jr., who is serving a two-year prison sentence for striking his then-8-year-old son and slamming him to the ground at a birthday party, was made by an assistant D.A. in December.

The idea that being a nuisance inmate and running amok has no consequences, of course, sets a bad precedent for the conduct of other inmates in the county jail.

So it wasn’t surprising that the revelation of the dropped charges stirred a furor after Milwaukee radio show host Mark Belling reported on it in January and began ripping on the Racine County DA’s office.

“My criticism is that this rewards the assaulting of the (corrections) officers and gives a child abuser the chance to be on the streets in five months,” Belling said at the time.

New District Attorney Tricia Hanson, who had not yet been sworn in when the decision to drop the charges was made, briefly defended the…

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