Thursday, January 7, 2010

WI Releasing Prisoners

WI is speeding up inmate release.
The Department of Corrections has spent the past three months reviewing hundreds of nonviolent offenders eligible for early parole in exchange for good behavior. Twenty-one were released Tuesday, agency spokesman John Dipko said. More could be released later this week if housing and other arrangements are set, he said.

The parolees came from across the state correctional system's institutions. Their crimes include retail theft, driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle without consent, forgery, burglary, drug possession and disorderly conduct, Dipko said in an e-mail.
Great. So now I can rest assured, those "non-violent" offenders have learned from their 61 days in prison and reformed.

(anyone else notice that DWI, Operating w/o consent, burglary and disorderly conduct all hold the potential to be violent acts?)

Here's the kicker:
Paula Harris became the first inmate granted early release on Dec. 15, Dipko said. The 45-year-old Milwaukee woman was sentenced in 2006 to 18 years in prison for first-degree reckless homicide while armed. She qualified for early release under the health condition provisions.
After barely 3 years, a murderer goes free.

I'm sure I'll sleep well tonight.

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