Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Who let the dogs out? Connecticut did.

You already knew the two men who broke into a Connecticut doctor's house, forced a hostage to get money from a bank, then killed the doctor's wife and children before torching the house and fleeing in the family's stolen SUV were probably not rookie criminals.

But did you know that each of them already had more than 20 burglary convictions on rap sheets longer than the Oscar telecast? And both were out of prison on parole. I wonder: Does Connecticut have automatic doors on its prisons?

Now, maybe Connecticut doesn't have a Three Strikes law, but it should. That would have given them at least 17 chances to save a whole family. But even with 20 chances to sink these beasts in the deepest, darkest dungeon, they didn't.

I suppose adding another law in a state where breaking the law is treated so casually isn't a good idea, but if Connecticut's legislators had a mind to improve punishment they could make their Parole Boards liable for such bad decisions.

And why not? They'd be reasonably safe. In Connecticut, justice seems to work about as well as Lindsay Lohan's alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.

(Glad I live in Texas.)


Jana said...

Not much better in Washington, I'm sad to report. A certain criminal was let out of prison, put on a bus and told "See your parole office", while in the PO's office, he removed a loaded handgun from the desk of this idiot, left the office, waited around till dark, robbed a video store and shot and killed a decent young mother. He's back in prison, 3rd strike this time...won't be long till he's back on the street, I'll wager.

Jill said...

What is with our judicial system? And then there is the story of the guy charged with rape of a child and the case was dismissed because the court could not find an interpreter! Jeez...