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02 November, 2012

He said he was going to kill her... and... he did

More unpleasant reality. This guy has been arrested, and convicted for domestic abuse. Not once. Not twice. But fifteen times. Most recently, he was jailed for 9 months for threatening to kill his girlfriend. And when he got out of jail, guess what he did?

I'll give you a hint... it involves killing his girlfriend. Brutally.

I don't even know how the system could be modified to prevent this from occurring. What can we do? For one, I think it suggests that repeat offenders for this type of crime should be dealt with in a fashion that ensures that subsequent offenses are not possible. I don't know what that means. It's clear that the guy was not "corrected" in the correctional facility. That raises the topic of "What is happening in prisons?" Because, if it's not "rehabilitation," but merely "punishment" being referred to, euphemistically, as "correction," then it's not solving the problem. Letting someone out, after hardening them for 9 months, doesn't seem like much of a deterrent to repeat offense. Maybe I just don't understand our correction system well enough.

Perhaps someone who is s repeat offender should be released from jail with an automatic restraining order (perhaps he was), supplemented with a permanent ankle bracelet that tracks him, to ensure that he doesn't go anywhere near her residence or it triggers an alarm. Would she be willing to wear a similar bracelet that would alert her if he were within, say, a mile of her? Perhaps she would, if it could be the difference between living and dying. But we won't get to know the answer to that question.

If you've committed fifteen acts of domestic violence, it seems to me that you probably have given up some of your rights to privacy and freedom.

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