Enjoy your virtual house arrest for another three weeks or more knowing that the Massachusetts court system has sprung a bunch of violent criminals to protect them from getting COVID-19 while in jail.

That's right, a whole cast of lovelies including fentanyl dealers, kidnappers, and members of the notorious Latin Kings street gang are free to go at the same time ol' Governor Charlie Baker says you can't even go to church or to your barber to get your hair cut. Amazing times we are living in, no?

In a story first reported by WBSM's Tim Weisberg on Wednesday, nine members of the Latin Kings – including four with direct ties to New Bedford – who were snatched up by federal and state authorities last year as part of Operation Throne Down have been handed get-out-of-jail-free cards by the judicial system. But wait, there may be more, as several elected officials including radical Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley are calling on the courts to throw the prison gates open even further.

Officials in law enforcement continue to protest the sanctioned prison break but the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ignored their pleas. As of yesterday, nearly 900 prisoners have been sprung just in Massachusets alone.

What is happening is obscene. American citizens are being threatened with arrest for attending church services or a funeral for a loved one while at the same time the courts are releasing dangerous criminals onto the streets in large numbers. Dissent is being denied on social media because it doesn't comply with "standards and values." In other words, it doesn't jibe with tyrannical government policies.

On this date in 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States. By George, we could sure use him right about now.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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