Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thug O The Week - 01172008

Did you hear the one about the guy who was so old his social security number was 2? Well, this week's thug has something in common with him. Clifton Banks' RNI number is 4361! Today, the highest RNI number I could find is 378,256. That means 373,895 other people have been arrested since Clifton first graced the sally-port of the Criminal Justice Complex.

Oh, but Clifton hasn't been resting on his laurels. He's been busy stimulating the economy. Think of all the police officers, lawyers, deputies, deputy jailers, clerks, insurance people, doctors, etc. who have benefited from Mr. Banks' activities. Clifton has been booked into the county jail 146 times since January 27, 1983, when his first act included shoplifting, assault and battery and malicious mischief. Since that time he has dabbled in most every charge on the books, except murder. Robbery, burglary, assault, numerous drug charges, criminal trespass, etc. Clifton is currently in jail, without a bond, and no charges available via JSS or through the SCSO's website. I guess he's being investigated again.

Once again, the "system" has failed to "rehabilitate" a wayward individual, as though anyone could rehabilitate anyone else. Personally, I think the idea of rehabilitation is wrong. People have to decide they want to be "rehabilitated" before it happens. For this reason, I think the better strategy is to attempt to change behavior, or make the punishment for committing crimes untenable to the perpetrators, so that they opt for more criminal friendly environs. (Don't forget the bus ticket option!)

Since the legislature has reconvened, this would be a good time for everyone to let their representatives know that we need an overhaul of our "injustice" system. Here's a link to a web page that will let you send an email to the legislators.

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