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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Administration accidentally cuts loose 62 sex offenders - won't even say "sorry"

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 07:35:33 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm-Cherry, sex offenders, Matthew Macon, early release, bungle, MDOC, Russ Marlan (all tags)

    Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan's got a lot of 'splainin to do and this isn't the first time.  In the last week.

    A second major malfunction at the Michigan Department of Corrections has come to light this week, following almost immediately on the heels of the accidental release of a convicted murderer with 124 "major misconducts" under his belt.  

    Sure, they mistakenly cut that psychopathic butcher-knife killer loose without giving him his meds, endangering his family members and everyone else in the neighborhood, but that's tidily-winks compared to today's admitted screw-up. The Granholm-Cherry administration's DOC will see that one murderer and raise us 62 accidentally released sex offenders.

    62.  Convicted.  Sex.  Offenders.

    "The issue has been rectified," Marlan told the Associated Press on Wednesday, but not until some bureaucratic goof in the system set loose 62 of the most dangerous, reviled and clinically ill men in the corrections system.

    And no, this wasn't a move to clear room for those Californian killers the Democratic administration is hoping to import.  This was just a pure, unadulterated bungle.  Another one.  This week.

    See, the reason they build prisons is to house the nut jobs, the pedophiles and the rapists specifically so they don't have interaction with innocent, unsuspecting potential and future victims.  Releasing them "accidentally" sort of defeats the purpose.  And while a far-too-late round-up might put the monsters back in their cages it won't put the genie back in the bottle, especially if any of the convicts took advantage of their time on the outside and returned to old habits.

    These aren't minor mistakes.  These are life-changing, potentially life-losing mistakes.  Lives, quite literally, hang in the balance.  Things are bad enough when we're simply talking "early release."  When Matthew Macon was intentionally cut loose by the administration six years into a ten year sentence he went on a rape and killing spree that racked up a half-dozen victims.  And he was one of the guys DOC thought they'd rehabilitated.

    The 62 sex offenders?  Not so much.  By the Granholm-Cherry administration's standards and actions, they believe them to be MORE dangerous than Matthew Macon was.  And still they wound up roaming the streets.

    Now I'm not blaming Jennifer Granholm and John Cherry directly.  It isn't like the Governor called up the prison, named off half-a-hundred names and John Cherry drove the bus that dropped them off at their homes.  But on the flip side, we have seen ZERO consequences or even hints of consequences come from these "mistakes," sending the unmistakable signal up and down the bureaucratic ladder that incompetence won't only be tolerated... it will be defended.

    It is well past time to clean house at MDOC.  Tragically, it looks more and more like someone's going to have to get killed... again... before anyone is held accountable.

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    Sorry Nick, but... (none / 0) (#1)
    by rdww on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 09:07:10 AM EST
    ... too much of the statewide outrage over this is due to the Fox News-driven hysteria over the whole "sexoffender" concept.  We've allowed ourselves as a society to go nuts over this legally-created, frighteningly expansive term, and treat "sexoffenders" as subhumans in the bargain.  "Sexoffenders" include everything from serial rapists to the guy someone saw taking a whiz by the side of the road.  As conservatives, we need to distinguish between the need for enforceable laws and mindless mob-think.  Maybe every society needs some identifiable group it can treat like dirt with some belief in its own righteousness, but I ain't falling for it.

    • I am. by Nick, 07/02/2009 09:08:46 AM EST (none / 0)
    Corinthian - lots of verbiage... (none / 0) (#4)
    by rdww on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:24:03 AM EST
    ... but too little coherence.  As nearly as I can make out, you're just fine with the present system.  
    Oops, that Corinthian guy just walked past his apartment window in the altogether.  He should be hustled off to jail (with a cellmate known as "Humpy,"), psychologically examined, sentenced as a sexoffender, then ultimately released, but forced to register his address for life, and compelled to live in an ever-shrinking circle of places acceptably distant from schools, bus stops, parks, etc.  When you complain, someone will doubtless point out, as you have, that life is not fair.
    I''m afraid that my fellow conservatives suffer from SDS (Sexoffender Derangement Syndrome) as fully as liberals suffer from PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).  Hard to say who gets more deranged, though.

    I'm all 4 making it clear who the REAL sex (none / 0) (#5)
    by maidintheus on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 09:23:49 PM EST
    offenders are but I don't care for making light of and ignoring that most in this group of 62 are real sex offenders.

    Sex offenders are incurable. It's the type of crime that escalates to ever increasing heinous acts. It's truly serious.

    If you've ever been personally abused by a sex offender or personally know someone who has, the comments upstream would include a high level of concern for this along with the poo pooing. I'm concerned that these comments make it sound as if all that end up with this classification are just trying to relieve themselves.

    As to this being an "accident" on the part of MDOC, I'm not convinced. It could very well be a (cold) calculated risk.  Either way, it's very poor performance again and a lack of communication with the public.      

    News stories on the release... (none / 0) (#7)
    by rdww on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:21:08 AM EST
    ... say that these guys were actually released because their "treatment" needs were misdiagnosed.  Evaluators for a large group of "sexoffenders" had a choice of recommending them for further "counseling treatment," or more jail time, and "incorrectly" graded them as none of the above.  Possibly the counselors had 62 people who they rightly thought shouldn't be in the system at all.  But we can't let that get in the way of a good witch hunt, eh?

    • Myth vs fact by rdww, 07/03/2009 11:31:51 AM EST (none / 0)
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