Remember that news a while back about President Obama's plans to release thousands of felons across the country back into the community? Well, it's starting to roll out and some law enforcement officers around the country are letting their thoughts on the issue be heard.

Sheriffs from counties all across the country are furious with some key parts of President Obama's move to release inmates from federal prisons. Most believe that the program is simply a media ploy designed to trick the public.

One sheriff, Paul Babeu, Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, shared these words in describing the situation. "There’s no transition here, there’s no safety net. This is the biggest sham they are trying to sell the American people." Babeu said that most of the prisoners being released have been held for an average of 9 years--an indication that they aren't the petty criminals that the government would have you believe.

A Texas sheriff, Harold Eavenson further called into question the Obama administration's history of twisting the truth to achieve political objectives. "If [the Obama administration is] not capable of making honest and prudent decisions in securing our borders, how can we trust them to make the right decision on the release of prisoners?"

Many families, however, are no doubt excited and ready to welcome their family members back into their homes and communities. That excitement must be tempered with reality, though, if any portion of Obama's plan is to have a lasting effect.

Of particular note is the fact that the percentage of released prisoners who again engage in criminal misconduct or break parole is quite high--77 percent within 5 years of being released.

Those numbers are sobering, especially to the sheriffs across the country who are in charge of keeping the peace. So when these sheriffs speak, we should listen. They are, after all, the last line of defense between criminals and us.

h/t: WND



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