Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Daily News: “Apparently You Get Credit For Bad Aim”

Philadelphia Daily News examines recidivism.

Khalil Slight was just 12 when he logged his first criminal arrest, for an assault.

His first gun arrest came eight months later, and by his 18th birthday he'd racked up 13 arrests.

Now 23, he's in prison awaiting trial for allegedly shooting a passing bicyclist while trading gunfire with another hood on a South Philadelphia street last spring.

Slight has 25 arrests on his record - including three attempted-murder charges and 11 arrests involving gun crimes.

And how many convictions does Slight have?

Two.

That's all. Two.

"He has a history of possessing guns and shooting at people, but apparently you get credit for bad aim," said Philadelphia Police Detective Bob Conn, who has arrested Slight several times.

Daily News: Khalil Slight, Professional Hoodlum

Philadelphia Daily News profiles career criminal.

Khalil Slight's thank you to a taxicab driver who took him home, according to court records, was a demand that the driver fork over the day's profits.

Slight, then 17, ended the robbery with a spray of gunfire that shattered the horrified hack's rear window as he drove away, the records say.

Just seven hours later, Slight terrorized another cabbie at the same location, stealing his cash and urging an accomplice to "shoot the mother f---er anyway," court documents show.

Prosecution was dropped in both 2001 cases when witnesses failed to show up in court.

The alleged incidents capped a prolific juvenile record that included 13 arrests for gun offenses, assault, car and retail theft, bringing a weapon to school, robbery and drug possession and distribution.

Daily News: Inspired Punishments

Philadelphia Daily News depicts legal creativity.

From gun-offender registries to humiliating slide shows, some cities have become creative in cracking down on repeat gun offenders.

Recidivism is rampant in the nation's criminal community, and incarceration hasn't proven an effective deterrent to many, statistics suggest.

Forty-one percent of the nation's 665,475 local jail inmates in 2002 - the most recent year such statistics are available - had a prior conviction for a violent offense, and almost a quarter had three or more prior incarcerations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.