“Sorry for shooting you in the head”

Wow, this story over at the Chronicle is incredible. An inmate was erroneously released and proceeded to find the person he shot in the head….to say “I’m sorry”. Makes me wonder about the real effect of serving time. Should there be more of an emphasis on rehabilitation versus just locking up the bad guys? I think so. Not necessarily every convict can be rehabilitated. But it seems this guy was temporarily released and wanted to make amends. Large cities like Houston would seem to benefit from more rehabilitative programs and more effort in that direction. Is this guy an example of how “correctional facilities” really are correcting behavior? I doubt it. Seems like this guy is more of an exception. What do you think?

3 Comments so far

  1. Kev (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    Rehab has already made it’s waves through the penal system, with no real lasting effect. Maybe you could say that no true rehab efforts were ever made in the last 40 years, but from the attempts that were made, they just didn’t seem effective. Recidivism is still high among criminals.

    Now, separating violent criminals from non-violent criminals, on the other hand, may be effective. We’re imprisoning way too many young men on minor drug possession crimes, and all they seem to learn while in jail is to 1) hate life in the U.S., 2) how to be a real criminal.

  2. shawn (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Yeah, separating hardcore criminals from not so hardcore criminals seems like a step in a better direction.

  3. Chris Doelle (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    I agree that there are entirely too many people behind bars for minor things. Smoking a joint is not a danger to society. The largest reason most of those people are in prison though, is from missing a probation appointment. They’re stoners – they are going to miss a couple appointments. Add some time to their probation or make some counseling mandatory or something. Sure, it costs money, but not nearly as much as it costs to house them in prison.

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