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Voters Betrayed: Crime was and is not down!

Posted by Admin On April - 10 - 2014

Crime in the City of Chicago was then and is now orchestrated for monetary gain

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network

CHICAGO, IL – Recent news reports indicate that there have been a battery of untruths stated regarding crime in Chicago. Well, this did not just start, but has been going on for years. As I sat with the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham and on into the seat as a member and chairman of the cook county board of correction, I have sought to tell the ‘unadulterated’ truth … and warn the people.

While sitting at my desk some many years ago as chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections, I was reviewing some disturbing facts and figures regarding crime and the incarceration rate. I, at that moment, received a call from Chinta Strausberg, who then was political reporter for the Chicago Defender News. It was startling that at that moment she would say that the then Mayor Richard M. Daley had reported that crime was down – I was physically elevated from my seat – because my facts and real figures indicated that crime was extremely high.

The next morning, a Chicago Defender headline indicated that Mayor Daley said one thing while Bailey said yet another. The blatant truth was in my hands and could not be refuted … if only the media had diligently concerned themselves to look into the matter – rather than trust the words coming from the Fifth Floor of City Hall.

My revelation of truth brought about dissension from the Mayor’s Office and caused trouble on many fronts – city funding, a convenient mismangement of governmental funding and other money matters that would help to sustain our efforts to educate youth. This bitterness would last down through the many years and on into the closing of the Probation Challenge program which was housed on City Colleges of Chicago’s Olive-Harvey Campus.

The mayor took liberties to comply with the wishes of then Chancellor Wayne Watson, now President of Chicago State University. And it all took place after the death of the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham, who mentored the program. Bailey and the program on paper were illegally evicted, but deceivingly held on to the ‘Probation Challenge’ name to receive money earmarked for Bailey. The acclaimed 33-year-old program was housed on the city college campus for 27-years without a hint of scandal. Students were sent on to universities and colleges, receiving grants and scholarships.

Youth felt betrayed by the powers-that-be that took them away from sanity and placed them back into the misfits of yesterday – causing havoc in the streets. And recidivism in the streets of the city became as it is today – unbelievable!

All efforts of shielding truth from taxpayers have in-fact been orchestrated for years by those who taxpayers compensate to lead our youth and elders by example and not deception!

You ask if I knew the lay of the land at that time? Yes, I knew who was on 1st, 2nd and 3rd base! I knew that as I sat on any seat involving criminal justice matters it would represent truth and not deceit as many would have it to be. I knew that many around me would bow to the whims of the world – but I also knew who sent me to be involved with Adult Probation, Cook County Board of Corrections and that of Probation Challenge.  God commissioned me to be a positive part of those organizations …and I obeyed!

Crime is up and has been up for a long time!  And it has been orchestrated simply because it is a multi-million dollar industry that is predicated on the backs of Blacks and Hispanics… and some few Whites.

Your may ask if the mayor and chief of police are aware as to crime data. Yes they are! The crime counts, reports and figures are submitted on to the police chief who is in agreement with the mayor. You do the math!

As I speak truth, I trust that voters will have a strong determination to speak up and out at the polls! We cannot be sustained by those who sit in back rooms building monuments for themselves and not lifting a finger to assist t those who put them into key positions.

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