Get ready: Board putting logic on parole
By Howie Carr | Sunday, May 18, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com
The Parole Board is open Under New Management - liberal bleeding-heart management.
This is splendid news for stone killers and rapists, bad news for everybody else.
This week we got the first of what will no doubt be a long line of murderers being cut loose: Karter Reed, who wept at his Parole Board hearing in March. Of course Killer Karter wasnt crying at Dartmouth High School back in 1993, when he fatally stabbed a teenager he didnt even know, laughing and jeering as his victim lay dying on the classroom floor. Even Devals Parole Board had to stipulate that.
The Parole Board does acknowledge this tragic senseless loss of a young and innocent victim but . . .
But were liberals, and its our $90,000-a-year job to fling open the prison doors for murderers. For 16 years, these horrid Republicans would never release any of these poor young men whove been turning their lives around, and now its payback time.
The vote to let Killer Karter go was 4-3. It was close only because the Parole Board still includes some holdovers not appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick, that great benefactor of rapists. Next year the votes will be 5-2, then 6-1.
Mr. Reed was incarcerated at a very young and susceptible age, the limousine liberals wrote. But not to worry, Killer Karter has rehabilitated himself. Here are some of the prison programs he availed himself of: Alternatives to Violence, Training for Trainers, Training for Facilitators and Welcome Diversity, Anger Management, Toastmasters and, my favorite, Barber School.
Last week, the Herald tried to find out which members voted to unleash this monster on society. We got the swerve. This matter may take awhile to sort out. Im guessing the Parole Board will cut loose several more murderers before we can start printing roll calls.
Deval has now appointed three of the seven Parole Board members. One was a GOP holdover. Another was an ex-cop from Milton, Devals hometown, who worked for the 2006 Patrick campaign doing advance work, which could mean driving. The other one Deval put on - well, Im going to go out on a limb and say that Leticia Munoz is one of the people who voted to release Killer Karter Reed.
You see, shes a . . . psychologist, working, according to the wire story about her appointment last year, mostly with poor, urban clients. As Deval put it, she adds an important perspective to the deliberations of the Parole Board.
The lopsided Democrat majority in the Legislature couldnt be more pleased. Last fall, a bill sailed through the House demanding the appointment of more behavioral scientists like Munoz, as opposed to cops.
The solons have a visceral dislike for the local constabulary, and why shouldnt they? Cops arrest legislators. The previous two House speakers are convicted felons. Tinkering with the makeup of the Parole Board to put more murderers back onto the street. Its just professional courtesy.
This return of revolving-door justice in Massachusetts means yet more anguish for the families of released killers victims. Its always been bad enough, knowing that sooner or later, a letter will arrive telling you that your sons murderer is again coming up for a parole hearing, and will soon be singing the blues about how he just had to cut your loved ones throat because he came from a broken home, or was abused by a priest, or was taunted because of his Caribbean accent.
But at least the survivors could take some solace in knowing that, in the end, the Parole Board would do the right thing and send the shiv-wielding killer back to MCI-Cedar Junction.
No longer. This is a return to Dukakis days. The difference is, the henpecked little wimp from Brookline often commuted the sentences himself, and took the heat. This time around, Gov. Patrick will let his new, improved rubber-stamp Parole Board stonewall the press when the released murderers somehow forget their Anger Management training and begin doing what they do best: killing people.
Whats next, weekend furloughs for murderers?
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Well, allow me to put a positive spin on all this.
First, by throwing open the prison gates to murderers, rapists, and various other thugs, less tax dollars are spent on their "room and board". The result is (presumably) savings to taxpayers.
Second, guess where most of these killers, rapists and thugs end up after they are released? That's right - - the same Democrat neighborhoods they came from; the same Democrat neighborhoods that elected Deval and the rest of the liberals responsible for returning to them the killers, rapists, and thugs!
Sounds like a karmic "win win" to me.