Snapshots of Shame and Despair


A local convenience store owner has decided to combat the thieves who plague his establishment by posting security camera stills of them in action.


Since the passage of Prop. 47 in 2014, theft of less than $950 is considered to be a misdemeanor.


With the concurrent passage of AB 109, the state prison system is mandated to transfer much of its population to county jails to ease overcrowding, leaving no room locally to hold those on misdemeanor offenses.  Unless you assault someone, you can steal with impunity in Los Angeles.  That leaves the store owner defenseless, but for a baseball bat under the counter (no guns!) and the power to shame.  Hence, despair.