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    Tag: parole

    When Life Is Better Than Death

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:54:02 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Murder, Floyd Diamond, Kathy McLaughlin, Detroit, Parole, Stabbing, Life Sentencing (all tags)

    I had for a long time been a proponent of the death sentence.

    Over the years, it wasn't just a casual consideration that brought into focus what is more of an appropriate punishment for a heinous crime such as murder or other violent acts that leave so many scarred forever.  It seemed that a logical non emotional solution was simply removing the offender from the face of the the earth forever.  Punishment that seemed so easily to fit a crime that cannot ever be properly redeemed.

    An eye for an eye as it has been explained.

    And the left has cried foul over the death penalty for those found guilty forever. They have exclaimed "Thou hypocrites!  When dost think it be right to murder a man for his deed, when crying foul for our murder of innocence in the womb?" "Do you so despise life as much as we?!"

    hate to say it. Good point.  Better to let them claim the role as purveyors of wrongful death.  

    But still ..

    Michigan, by statute in 1846, abolished the death penalty.  In 1964, it constitutionally prohibited it.  And one must ask if life in prison is really a better fate than a merciful death. Especially when that life is especially long.

    More below ~

    (6 comments, 522 words in story) Full Story

    The real danger of early release: An administration that doesn't care (and sledgehammer killers)

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 07:25:45 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm-Cherry, MDOC, DOC, Marlan, parole, early release, Dunlap, California, sex offenders (all tags)

    They say rotten things always happen in threes.  Natural disasters, celebrity deaths, giant errors by the Granholm-Cherry administration that wind up mistakenly putting convicted rapists and killers on the street...

    First there was the accidental release (sans medication) of a convicted butcher-knife killer who'd racked up 124 major misconducts in prison.

    Seven days later we learned that the Democratic administration accidentally released 62 convicted sex offenders... rapists, pedophiles... nice people.

    Now, the very next day, we learn the folks at Granholm and Cherry's Department of Corrections ignored for a month an arrest warrant to pick up a parole violator named William Dunlap who'd allegedly beaten and robbed his girlfriend, Fran Wolf.  According to the Ivory Tower, this "mistake" was much more costly than the previous two may have been.  

    At 3:30 a.m. on June 14 -- only 20 minutes after the last bartender left - Wolf was in the bar's office when Dunlap approached her from behind and bludgeoned her with a sledgehammer before stabbing her multiple times in the chest in front of a security camera, police said. Dunlap fled with a few thousand dollars, police said. Police found him four days later, hiding in a crack house in Detroit.

    If Dunlap had been apprehended on the warrant before the murder, he would have been detained pending a special hearing to determine whether he violated parole. A guilty finding most likely would have returned him to prison, Marlan said.

    "The state could have prevented this murder," said Deila Ruiz, a longtime friend of Dunlap. "He should have been locked up."

    According to good old Russ Marlan it is "not uncommon for investigators with busy caseloads to take a month or more to track down parole absconders."

    And by "parole absconders" he means convicted criminals who wind up taking sledge hammers and knives to the girlfriends they'd just gotten done abusing while the administration twiddled it's thumbs for a month.

    Think about this, kids... Dunlap was initially released through all of the proper channels.  He was out on parole.  Now the Granholm-Cherry administration wants to set loose early THOUSANDS of additional violent convicted criminals. Dunlap was the low hanging fruit.  He was one of those they ALREADY thought was safe to release.  

    The thousands of additional cons they want to release now (as they make room to import Californian prisoners) have NOT been paroled yet.  In some cases that means they're literally considered MORE dangerous than Dunlap.

    So let's say we cut them loose.  Say we turn out another 2,000 or 3,000 violent felons and they violate their parole.  Are we supposed to believe the administration will be willing and able to track them down and execute the warrants to lock them back up again?

    They had a warrant here and still let Dunlap live in the same apartment with the woman he'd just pummeled.  That "mistake" cost her her life.

    And how do Jennifer Granholm and John Cherry respond to the tragic news?  They don't. They ignore their administration's mistakes and hope we'll forget. That trouble will simply go away.

    Which is sort of tough... when they patently refuse to put the criminals away.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    What price public safety? 2% of one department's budget, apparently

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 07:18:26 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, 2010, Granholm-Cherry, layoffs, unemployment, Comerica, corrections, parole, budget (all tags)

    Stop me if you've heard this one before.  Yesterday a major Michigan employer announced hundreds of new job cuts.  (I know, I saw you waving your hands telling me to stop, I just ignored you.)  The Ivory Tower reports that Comerica Bank, the folks who have their name on our beloved Tigers' home stadium, announced plans to cut a full 5% of their work force in the coming month, totalling 570 jobs.  

    Though the job cuts are spread across the regional bank's operations, many of them are expected to occur in Michigan, which has about 7,000 of Comerica's slightly more than 10,000 workers. Comerica is the state's second-largest bank in terms of deposits...

    Comerica, which moved its headquarters from Detroit to Dallas in 2007, expects the job reductions to result in a $35-million annual savings. They come on top of the elimination of 600 positions or 5% of its workforce last year.

    Notice by way of reminder, if you will, that amidst Michigan's single state recession of 2007 the bank outsourced its major white collar jobs and operations, not to India or China or Mexico but to freaking Dallas.  And just in case you're not a geography major, Dallas is in Texas, that giant state with all of the cowboys down at the bottom of your map of the United States of America.  

    Still tells a potent story about the way the Granholm-Cherry administration has handled Michigan's economy since taking the helm in January 2003.  Tells even more about the bank's perceived odds of a recovery after the Democrats took over the legislature in 2007, too.

    But don't worry, the current Democratic governor, her hand picked successor and those very same legislators are still on the job, they still have a plan and they're working it and they're working it and jobs of tomorrow and cool cities and plan and working and plan.

    Read on...

    (5 comments, 628 words in story) Full Story

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