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The Cost Of Life In Prison

I also agree with everyone here except for "undercover"...
Sarah Levi makes a very valid point - Really those reccomendations from someone NOT on the parole board make a great deal of sense. Lifers who have been locked up for 20 plus years are well aware of the mistakes they have made, and many have improved themselves in numerous ways.
What is the point of all this if no matter what they do they have NO HOPE of ever being free.
Just imagine knowing that you will never again see the ocean, or walk through the woods...and imagine knowing that for 40 plus years. See the short timers come and go and know that you will die in this place. Really, really put yourself in those shoes before you condem others to that fate.
It is true that some of these people commited murder, and that is undeniably wrong. However if they have spent years and years atoneing for that wrong and striveing to do all they can to live peacefully (as many lifers do - there is only so long you can be the tough guy ) they deserve a chance. Parole them for life, absolutely and if they do wrong again - thats it. But let them live at least part of their life in the society that is as we all know paying for this in so many ways...These are the people who can really tell others just why commiting crime is a dead end.

August 28, 2011 at 8:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Life In Prison: The Cost Of Punishment

It is painfully obvious that in enacting the "tough on crime" legislation that California now has a problem has been created that has enormous repercussions for everyone in the state, not just those connected with the CDC. With 20% of California's inmates being lifers the costs are so much more then the benefits. There are indeed people who deserve to do life in the true sense of the word, and remain incarcerated till they are dead. However I am sure that that does not apply to a full 20% of California's prison population. Not only would it make sense to release those who are terminally ill or incapacitated to the point where they have no reasonable ability to commit another crime, it would also make sense to release those such as Mr. Campbell. In the 44 years he has served inside he has obviously changed enormously. Within the general population the average 65 year old is a far different person then he/she was at 21. Why can the CDC not see that this is also applicable to inmates, especially those who have made a genuine effort to rehabilitate themselves? It is wonderful to gain a university or college degree period. It is however much more wonderful when that degree can be used to enable the person who earned it to contribute to the society who made his/her higher education possible. Inmates should be evaluated on an individual basis, and if and when they are ready to rejoin society that chance should be there. Not only would huge amounts of money be saved, the impact on other inmates would be enormous. The incentive to do time in a peaceful manner and take the concept of rehabilitation seriously would enhance participation in educational programs, and make those dollars count far more then they do now. California needs to re think their "no parole" attitude toward lifers, and this needs to happen immediately.

August 28, 2011 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Paralyzed Prisoner Denied Medical Parole

I don't think they should realease Mr. Martinez, mainly because of the crime he commited - rape is a serious issue, and believe me inmates believe that even more then most of the general population.

What did strike me as somewhat odd though were Ms. Ashfords obviously uninformed comments. In all prisons violence is a given, but certain people such as sex offenders are predicable targets as they are hated deeply by all other inmates period. It is obvious to me that Mr. Martinez was (not surpriseingly) attacked. I am a bit puzzled that he was put on the mainline (presumeably) as a sensitive needs placement would have been more sensible, and could have saved the state millions!

Also, unless sex offenders are forming their own gangs I am find it very unlikely that any gang would have even considered him as a member. Like I said sex offenders are pariahs in prison, so he would not be allowed to join a gang. Interestingly he has no tattoos which also speaks to his lack of acceptance in the general prison population, as while tattoos are Illegal in California prisons, it is common knowledge that most inmates who are there for any length of time get at least a few and many (lifers and long term inmates particularly such as Mr. Martinez) tend to get full bodysuits.

It is hard to say just what to do with him, but I do think it is important to view this issue from a realistic perspective. I think that as his lawyer said, the only action he could realistically take against his caregivers would be through the courts.

August 27, 2011 at 10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )