Virginia Headline in the Associated Press

by James C. Sherlock

The Associated Press published an article by the always-reliable Sarah Rankin yesterday. It was headlined:

Virginia law stops early inmate releases, angering families

Let’s conduct a contest.

Take a minute and guess to whose families the headline refers, victims or convicted criminals.

Time’s up. It seems we have a unanimous set of winners.

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6 responses to “Virginia Headline in the Associated Press”

  1. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    One way to stop crime is to lock them up and make them do hard time. Go to jail and you have two choices chain gang or school classes. No a/c and no weights.

  2. LarrytheG Avatar

    Of course , we spend 3 times as much to imprison someone than to educate them….

    Not saying that all violent offenders would never have come that but if you read about their “crimes’ very, very few of them were rich/economically secure and the school-to-prison pipeline part of the equation.

    What I’d really like to better understand is if Virginia is typical for that many violent offenders compared to other states and compared to other countries.

    In general, if someone is a violent offender, it matters to me the circumstances and if it is a one-off or they have a life of violent offenses.

    I have no trouble keeping folks in jail that have a life of violent offenses but
    if we can reduce the number that end up on that path in life, we should.

    1. LG – what is necessary to be designated a ‘life of violent offenses’ — a second victim? a third? a fourteenth?
      I guess those who are hurt because the miscreant wasn’t in jail are just part of the cost of ‘social justice’?

  3. James McCarthy Avatar
    James McCarthy

    Pundits tend to speak ex cathedra for individuals and families of victims. While not a tidal wave, there have been a number of instances where victim relations have agreed with releases and even expressed forgiveness. Pundits should take a step back before contributing to hard line divisions on this issue and exacerbating views. The imprisoned remain a social responsibility even if we deny them a vote and a living wage for their labor.

  4. vicnicholls Avatar

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

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