I’ve long advocated against paroling convicts for two reasons.
One is that too many criminals commit crimes knowing that they won’t have to serve their full sentences. Prison no longer serves as a sufficient deterrent to prevent many from committing a crime.
I’ve never understood how someone given a life sentence is let out of prison on parole after serving only a portion of that sentence. Years ago, I recall watching an interview with a number of criminals and they shared a general consensus that prison was not enough of a deterrent to stop them from committing a crime. One criminal said that he was sentenced to 5 years and only served just over 2 years before being paroled. He went out and committed another robbery and was sentenced to 10 years, but only served 5 years before again being released.
That leads to my second reason why I am against paroling imprisoned criminals. How many times have you heard of someone committing another crime while out on parole?
A co-worker of mine, some years ago, had a sister who was violently raped, beaten and left for dead. It turns out that the attacker had been serving a prison term for a previous rape but was paroled early. Only a few months after his release, he continued his old ways. By the time he was caught, he had raped and beaten several women, ruining their lives forever. My co-worker blamed the parole board as much as he blamed the rapist for what happened to his sister, who after her physical recovery, committed suicide because she couldn’t live with what happened to her.
Had that rapist still been in prison like he was sentenced, Jim’s sister would still be alive and none of the other women would living with their fears and emotional trauma.
I once met a man who served on the parole board and asked him if he was willing to accept the liability for the prisoners he released early. Of course he wasn’t, so I asked him how he would feel if he or a member of his family was victimized by one of the prisoners he released early. He refused to answer.
In support of my argument against parole is what just happened to two police officers in Whittier, California.
Two weeks ago, a 26-year-old man was paroled from prison. On Monday, he allegedly shot and killed his cousin and then stole his car. After being involved in a minor traffic accident, the parolee opened fire on the two police officers who were responding to the accident call. While being patted down for a weapon, the driver pulled out a handgun and began shooting.
Officer Patrick Hazel, who had been on the police force for only 3 years, was wounded and later transported to a local hospital. Officer Keith Boyer was fatally wounded in the exchange of gun fire. Boyer, 53, had served on the police department for 27 years and been talking about retiring. Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper described Boyer, saying:
“He was the best of the best.”
Chief Piper is blaming the liberal reforms being made in the California prison system for what happened to the two officers. Speaking with tears in his eyes for the loss of not only one of his officers but for one of his friends, Piper told the media:
“We need to wake up. Enough is enough. This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be.”
Who’s in charge of the prison reform system? The same liberal Democrats running the state of California. Even their fearless Party leader Barack Obama did what he could to release as many prisoners as possible before he left the White House.
If I was Chief Piper, I would be in the face of the parole board who released the gang member early, demanding to know why he was released back out onto the streets. I would also be demanding that the parole board members responsible for the release of the gang member to meet personally with the family of Officer Boyer and explain to them why their beloved loved one was killed by someone they released early.
I have and still do advocate that anyone sitting on a parole board needs to be held partially accountable for the actions of everyone they release from prison early. If that was done, far fewer convicts would be walking the streets and far fewer innocent people would be victims of their crimes. It may also have prevented the senseless shooting of the two Whittier police officers and the criminal’s cousin.
The best thing for our prison system is to get rid of all the bleeding-heart liberals and force all prisoners to serve the sentences they have given. Knowing they’ll have to serve full sentences may just be enough to get some people thinking about what they are about to do before they do it. In the long run, it will save lives and countless victims.