With new headlines that emerge everyday like “Details Emerge about Alleged Serial Robber’s Past,” it is sad to see recidivism anywhere. While there are programs in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety that intend to help felons transition back into the community, we are seeing shocking headlines too often. How do we place the felons in the right program for rehabilitation and make sure they do not them use them for personal gain?
WRAL reported that Walter Kevin Johnson, charged in numerous robberies, ran a web design company called 1855 Media. That firm’s website displayed:
… a photo that purports to be Johnson receiving an outstanding achievement award on behalf of 1855 Media from former Gov. Mike Easley, Easley’s wife and their son.
Easley said Monday that neither he nor former first lady Mary Easley remembers taking the photo and that he can’t recall there ever having been an occasion for the photo opportunity.
The governor’s office also could not find a record of the award, but said the document in the photo appears to be a certificate of appreciation, a document usually mailed to inmates on work-release programs.
Earlier in the summer, Civitas reported who was actually going on “Home Leave.” Many of the people who were participating in the program probably should have stayed behind bars. The most important thing the article highlights is the challenge faced by the penal system. It is important that we have the right programs in place and that we deal with individuals as individuals. Clearly work-release programs in and of themselves aren’t sufficient in rehabilitating a felon and a prisoner should not receive a reward simply for just doing the time.
To quote Milton Friedman, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”