Joseph Kimok, the “progressive” candidate for State Attorney, wants to usher in a “new generation of justice” in Broward County. Based upon his recent comments, Kimok’s radical criminal justice reform platform would keep the Broward Jail empty. Last week, Kimok told Broward Democrats it was time to discuss the decriminalization of hard drugs like crack cocaine, heroin and meth. Kimok even endorsed the legalization of “sex work.”

On Facebook, a local resident asked Kimok for specifics about his criminal justice reform plans. Kimok responded with a litany of progressive ideas like ending cash bail, mandatory minimum jail sentences and “stop-and-frisk.” Kimok said he would stop arrests for drug possession and stop seeking search warrants for drugs. Kimok criticized the death penalty and vow to reduce life without parole sentencing.

Kimok said feeling safe means “being safe from violence and being safe from police and the [criminal justice] system.”

QUALITY OF LIFE CRIMES?!?

In his Facebook response to the voter, Joseph Kimok promised to “stop charging ‘quality of life’ and poverty based crimes. What does this mean? Is this the mother stealing bread and milk from Publix to feed her kids? Is there an epidemic of these cases?

According to a left-wing organization, “The term ‘quality of life’ is thought to have first been used in a policing context in New York City in the early 90s….refers to a practice of heavily policing a number of normally non-criminal activities such as congregating and/or drinking in public spaces, as well as minor offenses such as graffiti, public urination, panhandling, littering, and unlicensed street vending in public spaces because, the argument goes, if left unchecked, they will lead to an explosion of serious crime.”

Kimok’s radical platform parrots the plans of other progressive state attorney candidates across the United States.

Last week, Chesa Boudin, a far left radical, was elected District Attorney in San Francisco. In his victory speech, Boudin mentioned “quality of life” crimes.

“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes,” Boudin said. “Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted. Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted; we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness.”

Kimok appears to be a big fan of Chesa Boudin.

Does Joseph Kimok plan on reshaping Broward in the image of San Francisco?

What happens if drug users set up camp along Las Olas or A1A?

What if tent cities pop up along Sistrunk Blvd or Weston Road or Holmberg Road?

What if drug users shoot up heroin in the playground at the Museum of Discovery and Science?

What if drug users defecate at the entrance of the Center for Performing Arts or the Sawgrass Mills Mall?

Would Kimok accept “poverty” as a defense to all crimes?

Would State Attorney Joseph Kimok prosecute anyone in Broward County?

REDBROWARD reached out to Joe Kimok for a definition of “quality of life” and poverty based crimes. Kimok did not respond to our request for comment.

Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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