Inmates Let Out Early, Back In Jail Already

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Kentucky Lawmakers paved the way to release inmates from prison. Their goal was to save money by freeing up some cells, but some of those criminals are already back in jail.

Recently released inmate Richard Roberts is one of them. Police say he plowed his car into a Lexington home while reportedly driving drunk.

He'd just been freed from jail 1,006 days earlier than he was supposed to be. But instead of following the law, he flushed his second chance right down the tubes according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland.

"They're gonna’ commit these crimes no matter how many chances you give them", says Cleveland. "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior".

That's not just Cleveland talking.

According to the Federal government more than 70 percent of robbers and almost half of burglars commit crime again.

"We'll convict them, send them away, they'll be paroled, and they'll be back again," exclaimed Cleveland.

The prosecutor says Kentucky Lawmakers money saving idea to release inmates is not in the best interest of public safety, and it will keep him busy for years to come.

"I've been doing this long enough. I'm prosecuting the grandson's of the people I've prosecuted. They're letting people out who I know are gonna’ commit a crime, so I'll have more work to do.”


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  • by Tracy on Aug 27, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    I totally think the comment about repeat offenders is correct. However look at the prisoners that are in for the first time and go from there. If your a repeat then you have less chance of getting out. My husband is incarcerated and he wants help. I can promise you that county jail is not rehab. And for those who want to judge. Why do you think drug addicts get out of jail and keep using. Duh!!! Because their getting drugs in jail just ask anyone in county jail. So yeah that makes sense to keep them there. come on lets think about why people steal, they need money why no jobs in KY, addiction rather it be drugs, alcohol and lets not forget legalized gambling. So how can you even begin to argue with that.
  • by cookie Location: Bakersfield on Aug 22, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    I'm looking for programs that can help my husband get out of prison early. And alos trying to find code braking books. So he can get another court date.
  • by Billy Bob on Jul 18, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    I wonder why so many folks get off on taking others freedoms away.the way it is now in Ky we have so many laws.Just because you are jail, doesn't mean you have done something wrong.
  • by jo Location: paris on Jul 18, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    Do not put them in Military, they don't need guns and training amoungst all our good kids over there. Those that are brought to Jesus have a high chance of criminal cure and becomming useful in society.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 17, 2008 at 07:01 PM
    Hide and watch...he'll be back on the street in 8-12 years. And the first thing he will do...is go out and get drunk and high and I pray that he doesn't get arrested again because if he sees another gun, he'll probably go for it again.
  • by steve on Jul 17, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    Bart you are a stupid fool shame on you punk.
  • by charlie Location: Lexington on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    Do what the sheriff out in Arizona does, put them in tents, no televion, make crime a punishment and as inexpesive as possible. Most of these thugs have no desire to change. Good luck to those that do, just serve all of your time and think of the consequences before you commit another crime. Victim restitution should be mandatory.
  • by tanya Location: frankfort on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:47 AM
    Denny, you cannot sue when it is a SB that passed. Sorry, no dice
  • by Anne Location: Bell Co. on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    I think the second chance IS parole..inmates rarely serve their entire sentence in the first place...parole is their second chance...There are many in our county that can have two or more parole violations and NOT get revoked...that really blows my mind...How is that Justice???We have the same names over and over in the arrest reports..People should not be released any early, and they should not be able to break the conditions of their parole..We need to buckle down..not make it easier for repeat offenders. I'd say a small percentage do reform and never return to jail, but it is a small percentage..
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jul 16, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    NO! Don't make them join the military! There are enough criminals in there as it is!

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