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Gang Leader Allegedly Kills After Being Released by “First Step Act”

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Gang Leader Allegedly Kills After Being Released by “First Step Act”

A notorious leader of the “Almighty Latin Kings” gang, convicted of trafficking, instantly returned to a life of drugs and violence after being released from federal prison by the “First Step Act.”

“In early February, 41-year-old Joel Francisco — dubbed the ‘Crown Prince’ of the gang in 2005 — was released from prison after President Donald Trump signed into law the First Step Act, promoted by a coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and progressive and libertarian nonprofits.

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Less than a year after his release was not only actively involved in the drug game, but he allegedly murdered 46-year-old Troy Pine by stabbing him to death and skipped town to evade murder charges. Weeks ago, police captured Francisco in Texas and extradited him to Rhode Island,” reported Breitbart.

Newly reported details of the case by the Providence Journal‘s Brian Amaral and Katie Mulvaney reveal that almost immediately after Francisco was freed by the First Step Act, he returned to the same drug-fueled life that had originally put him in prison.

Francisco was originally convicted in 2005 for dealing crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Days after his release by the First Step Act in February, drug records reveal he returned to using cocaine.

In February, days after his release, Francisco tested positive for cocaine. Then, months later in June, Francisco tested positive for marijuana three times. Weeks later, Francisco was charged with attempting to break into his ex-girlfriend’s home.

On September 23, Francisco again tested positive for cocaine. Days later, on October 2, police said Francisco stabbed Pine to death. Francisco had violated his terms of release six times within the first year of being freed by the First Step Act.

Many critics of the First Step Act have said that the law would result in the release of thousands of drug traffickers from prison despite their dealing with deadly drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ran a segment earlier this year saying that the:

“Act had successfully released about 240 sex offenders, nearly 60 convicted murderers and assailants, as well as almost 1,000 inmates convicted of drug crimes.”

Prior to being released, Francisco convinced the court that he had turned his life around, noting his taking part in rehabilitation programs in prison, which advocates of the First Step Act readily cited to make their case that even violent convicts could be reformed and thus released.

On July 13, about six months after being released from prison, Francisco was accused of breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend and charged with domestic violence. Three months later, on October 2nd, police said Francisco stabbed Pine to death and immediately skipped town to evade murder charges.

“I just want an answer,” Pine’s nephew Jay Chattelle told the Providence Journal. “I just want to know what happened to my uncle. But at the same time, you’re thinking, ‘Once this is all done, Uncle Troy is still not here.’”
Before his release from federal prison, Providence law enforcement officials warned that the former gang leader would likely commit additional crimes if released.

“Some criminals deserve to spend their lives incarcerated,” Providence Police Department Deputy Chief Thomas Verdi told the Providence Journal. “Joel is one.”

In November 2018, Breitbart News reported that the First Step Act would result in the release of thousands of drug traffickers from prison despite their dealing deadly drugs such as fentanyl and heroin.

The criminal justice system must do a better job when determining release. Francisco’s case is not an anomaly.

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A Seattle man with more than 70 criminal convictions was arrested by authorities after allegedly throwing hot coffee on a baby just two days after he was released from jail.

Francisco Calderon had just spent the last eight months in jail following a random brutal assault on a perfect stranger in public.

According to public records, Calderon has a laundry list of criminal convictions in the past. The man has been convicted 70 times, with 14 of those cases stemming from assault charges.

So why is Calderon repeatedly being released back into the community if he’s obviously a threat to the public?

It gets worse. Now the Seattle native is only being held on a misdemeanor in the coffee attack — stationed lockup and somehow avoiding a felony assault charge on a minor.

Witnesses said that Calderon was causing multiple disturbances in the park before randomly approaching a man who was pushing his infant son in a stroller. Calderon lashed out and threw the coffee on the child without provocation.

On July 7, we lost Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Dixon after a car full of suspects opened fire on two deputies who were pursuing them as they fled in a stolen car.

On Tuesday, we learned that the very man accused of taking the life of the young deputy had been arrested and locked up on separate charges just days before the fatal shooting.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Hector Garcia-Solis was released from the Hall County Jail on July 2 after being arrested on June 27 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, felony obstruction of an officer, possession of an open container and striking a fixed object.

He’d only been out of jail for a week and he was already back to breaking the law when police caught up to him.

Both deputies involved in the shooting were injured and were rushed to the hospital, but Dixon succumbed to his wounds. The second deputy remains in critical condition.

Garcia-Solis is now facing a felony murder charge for the death of Deputy Dixon. Brayan Omar Cruz, London Clements, Eric Edgardo Velazquez face party to a crime and felony murder charges.

They are all 17-years-old.

The current recidivism rate in the US is astronomical. While some states have a low rate, like South Dakota at 14.4%, 34 states reported rates that exceeded 40% recidivism within the first 3 years after release.

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