Monday, April 11, 2005

Prisoner Wants Prison Reform

This guy is currently the subject of an intense manhunt in South Carolina for rape and murder charges. The funny thing is, this guy has a very long history of jail time, including serving 8 ½ years of a 10-year sentence on assault and battery, kidnapping and fraud charges. The part that makes me mad is this:

Since his release, Stanko had become an advocate to reform the prison system and has co-authored a book with criminal justice professors at Middle Tennessee State University called "Living in Prison: A History of the Correctional System With an Insider's View."

I just don't think I can come to appreciate this man's views. Perhaps if he does not like the living conditions inside of prison, he should stop committing crimes.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

He sent a letter to "The State." He was a proponent for jail reform and better treatment of prisoners. He had been in and out of prison for nearly the entirity of the nineties. What a piece of shit. All the more reason for strict sentences for those who choose to live outside the parameters of normal society.

- kwackwacker

sbs-304 said...

Everyone needs to read "In the Belly of the Beast," by Jack Henry Abbott before making any judgements in this case... This book is an amazing work. Those who know me know that I am not usually one to take the side of societal scum, however often times the system perpetuates the problem. Take the time and read the book, it's an amazing work and worth the time.

Richard DeSalvo said...

That was a good point. I won't say you have to read his entire book to judge him, but to make any type of criticism you can't get blinded by the horrible acts and really have to at least consider what he might have to say. I would guess that the conditions he has grown up in, especially the violent and physical ones in prisons, are related to these violent acts.

-rd