"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rendering Offenders Harmless, Part 41

Two convicted murderers escape from high security Clinton prison in Dannemora in upstate New York.  They planned to kill the husband of a prison worker who aided their escape.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo boasted that this prison was the harshest in the state, from which no one had escaped in 100 years.
I wonder if any bishops would care to meet these two in a dark alley?

Martin Horn, former commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction and a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said that "Clinton is as secure a prison as you'll find anywhere in the United States.  If it can happen at Clinton, it can happen anywhere."


[Wiki, by the way, has a not-exhaustive list of notable prison breaks over the years.]

1 comment:

Richard Johnson said...

It has been noted that administrative pressure to finalize cases quickly renders many judicial officers unwilling to postpone sentencing in order to obtain an assessment. It is easier to sentence an offender to a suspended or postponed sentence with no conditions other than not committing a similar offense within a specified timeframe. This is unfortunate, because there are few behavioral outcomes that are associated with these types of suspended sentences. According to EBP, in order to change pro-criminal behavior, the criminogenic needs of the offender must receive attention. In many cases where the offender has pro-criminal cognition, receiving such a suspended or postponed sentence can strengthen the belief of ‘I got away with it.’