Pirro Declares ‘Whole System Is Broken’ After Recent Memphis Crime Wave

Memphis, Tennessee, was rocked this week by the news that a gunman set out on a violent crime spree that left four people dead and others injured.

The senseless acts, which police believe were all committed by the same 19-year-old suspect, represented just the latest in a string of violence that has long plagued the city. Upon learning that the suspect had previously been arrested on charges including attempted murder in 2020, Fox News Channel personality Jeanine Pirro sounded off on the broken justice system.

“I found this out when I was first a judge,” she said on Thursday. “I would sentence someone to X number of years and they’d be eligible for parole and I’d get the request from parole as DA and I remember saying, ‘I just sentenced that guy.’”

Pirro went on to lament the perceived absence of “truth in sentencing” across much of the nation, particularly when violent criminals are released from prison early for good behavior behind bars.

“Now what we’ve got to understand is the criminal justice system is not just broken from the offenders being released as soon as they’re arrested, but it’s broken because of plea bargains, it’s broken because of parole, probation,” she added.

Further denouncing the current state of criminal justice, Pirro explained: “When someone is put on probation, they’re in touch with their probation officer, I’ve got news for you. What they do is if they’re lucky, they call up, the probation officer loses them, doesn’t even bother to file a violation of probation.”

She concluded that the “whole system is broken,” expressing doubt regarding how long it will take “for the pendulum to swing back where it needs to be.”

The deadly crime spree on Wednesday night came a short time after 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher was kidnapped and killed in Memphis, allegedly by a man who had previously been convicted of crimes including kidnapping and rape.

As one local news reporter revealed, the rampant crime on the streets of Memphis has taken its toll on residents of the city.

For Pirro and a growing number of Americans, the answer lies in holding criminals accountable for their actions.

“The public needs to understand, there’s some people who do not deserve to live where law-abiding people live because they have exhibited so much violence, so much disregard for the life of other people that they don’t — they shouldn’t be with us,” she said.