Monday, August 31, 2009

Prison Reform

Q: How long will it be before the Philip Garrido story derails court-ordered prison reform in California?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derails? How long?

It doesn't take Garrido to derail the prison reform story. No one is paying attention to prison reform and hasn't been since it started becoming a story two years ago.

8/31/2009 10:31 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Stories like this always feed the "tough on crime" fire, which generally is not a good thing for meaningful criminal justice or rehabilitation.

On the other hand, this could inspire a deeper look into the parole system, which could stand to be revamped. It does seem like this guy slipped through some cracks that probably should be closed.

The part I find most chilling is if he hadn't made the idiotic move of bringing the little girls to Berkeley and THEN to the meeting with his parole officer, he probably would never have been caught.

8/31/2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

Relatedly, props to the UCPD for doing "good po-lice"* work.

* As pronounced on The Wire.

8/31/2009 10:46 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Keema, she naturally born po-lice.

8/31/2009 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe it would be "natural born."

8/31/2009 11:27 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

point.

8/31/2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Well, that didn't take long:

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/story/2151564.html

9/01/2009 4:18 PM  

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