Abandoned buildings often are the scenes of property crimes. Vandalism, thefts, and willful and malicious destruction of property offenses are often committed on empty homes and buildings. The now empty Camp Brighton prison outside of Hamburg Township has become a sight for sore eyes as it slowly gets destroyed by vandals.
According to the Livingston Community News it has been almost two years since the institution locked its doors as a woman’s correctional facility and the state has abandoned any attempts at maintenance since that time.
It doesn’t seem that the offenses being committed on this property are of anyone’s concern. At least not of anyone’s concern who has the power to do anything. From stolen copper pipes to busted-out windows, the things being done to this former institution are crimes but overlooked.
Residents are frustrated with the lack of action on the part of the state and rightfully so. In their community what was once a minor inconvenience (hosting a prison) is now a major sore spot. The facility that was built with tax dollars is now being ignored and slowly torn apart.
Property crimes like this are heavily prosecuted in other communities and when they are committed on occupied or privately owned properties. Things like willful and malicious destruction can carry serious penalties and even prison time.
While the state doesn’t seem concerned with the destruction of its own property, believe that private citizens will raise a much bigger commotion if the offenses are committed on their own personal property. When this happens, the accused is up against some serious stress.
Defendants facing charges like willful and malicious destruction of property should be prepared to have an experienced attorney on their side. If you are looking at charges like these call me today to discuss the specifics of your case.