"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 15, 2015

Rendering Offenders Harmless, Part 43

Violent Canadian inmate escapes from prison; "Spagnola has served time in the past for manslaughter and assault and is considered a high risk to reoffend."  Do tell.

But no worries!  Our bishops have assured us that  “Society can protect itself in ways other than the use of the death penalty.”  We eagerly await their guidance as to what these "ways" are so that we can implement them soon, because what we're doing now to protect society is clearly not working.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rendering Offenders Harmless, Part 42

It's been a busy season for murderers breaking out of the prisons that supposedly render them harmless so we have no need of the death penalty anymore.

In the latest, which received little media coverage because of the more spectacular New York prison break, a convicted killer's girlfriend on the prison staff helped him escape from a North Carolina prison.

Thankfully this escaped killer was caught without incident.

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."

Indeed.

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

Parole, Rising From the Grave

It seems our Governor here in Virginia wants to resurrect parole,  which was wisely abolished 30 years ago.

So despite what a sentencing judge or jury, having heard all the facts and evidence of the case, and the facts and evidence in mitigation of sentencing, would be supplanted by an appointed board.  Presumably like before, a jury would not be told about the possibility of parole when fixing a sentence.

Yet another example of why, despite the beliefs of the bishops of Virginia and others, mere incarceration cannot to a moral certitude protect society from violent offenders, who, under a parole system, could be released on an unsuspecting public.