Gun violence & criminal justice reform

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 15:44:31-04

Once again, it’s time for our Community Comments.  Our station editorial about Aaron Baskerville’s “Beyond the Bullet” digital documentary prompted these viewer reactions:

Gretchen Alexander writes:

“Great job.  It was nice to see that WXYZ took the time to explore the real impact of gun violence.  I especially appreciated the people he profiled to illustrate the hard facts.”

Don Kraemer sent us this message:

“It’s refreshing to know overall crime in Detroit is down.  But when we turn on the news every night and see gun violence stories, it’s hard to believe we’re making progress.  This heavy dose of crime coverage doesn’t help our city’s image.”

Alan Gresens’ reaction to Detroit gun violence was short and to the point:

“Start by walling off Detroit.”

Our WXYZ Editorial about reforming Michigan’s criminal justice system triggered this comment from James Otto:

“Today we are changing laws to get the shooters out of jail as middle-aged males with 25 years of schooling in prison on how to get it done on the streets and avoid prosecution using younger kids from mentoring programs to do the work.”

But Alice Sunderland had a different point-of-view:

“Michigan is far behind in criminal justice reform.  We spend too much time and money locking up non-violent offenders.  Our system is designed to punish, not rehabilitate.  If we don’t reform the system soon, prison costs are going to bankrupt this state.”

That’s it for now.  Thanks for watching and writing.

I’m Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director

Broadcast: May 19 - 22, 2016