Convict's Confession: Why I Can't Stay Out Of Jail

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

He had a second chance at freedom, and threw it away.

Now back in jail ,Richard Roberts is speaking out.

The Stamping Ground native was one of nearly 900 inmates to be given time credits, leading to their early release from prison. Roberts received a credit for 1,006 days.

Out of jail three years early, he says he had a whole new outlook on life. That's what he says, but only weeks after he was released, police say he drove drunk and plowed his pick-up truck through the side of a Lexington home.

Police say alcohol was to blame. Roberts said he had been drinking, but believes that wasn't the only factor in the crash. Roberts does admit he has a drinking problem.

"It's been the downfall of my life, anybody that has an alcohol problem jail can't help them, they have to want to help themselves," he said.

Roberts inferred that in during all of his jail time he never was able to get a handle his alcohol problem, and that's what landed him right back where he started.

But he says this time, he's learned his lesson and he's made a vow to himself. "I'll never pick up the bottle again," he said.

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  • by CLAY on Jul 19, 2008 at 10:08 AM
  • by Concerned Location: KY on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    This is just the beginning. They are letting convicts out early left and right, either by parole or by giving them credit for their time on the street while on parole previously. These people aren't going to help themselves. They have a "party all the time" mentality and they won't quit using drugs or drinking until they are ready. They don't care. Rehab, jail, parole officers, family members, etc. can all try to help them but if they don't want to help themselves, they aren't going to do quit. The state is giving them feet and they are taking miles. The state has basically said, hey, you've won. We give up. The best place for these people is prison. Law abiding, tax paying citizens should be outraged at this whole situation. The state will end up spending the same amount of money for these people. Instead of the money being spent in the corrections budget more of it will start going to the court's budget for prosecuting them for the new crimes that they WILL commit.
  • by correctional employee on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    They make their own "hooch" in prison. Fruit,water,yeast(in the form of bread) and sugar. Thats all it takes. Easy enough to sneak that back to your cell after lunch. Trust me, they hide it in places where it wont be found in a regular patdown...
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 18, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    I just think he likes "shower time".
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Jul 18, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    He said he couldn't get a handle on his drinking problem while in prison. Quick question...Who the hell gave him access to alcohol in prison? DETOX anybody? His only confession should be that he's a low life, no good scum who has no self control, no sense of responsibility, no concern for others and their property and that he never sought help on his own and only wants to blame someone else for not getting him help in prison when he BROKE THE LAW. And for tabatha from frankfort; quit your crying about the guy. If you dated him for years and knew he had a problem but didn't offer help, you were an enabler. People like him make me sick. Wah wah wah!
  • by L.G Location: RICHMOND on Jul 17, 2008 at 08:26 PM
    I JUST HAVE TO ASK!!!!!!!!!! IS HE KIN TO MELBORNE MILLS????????????
  • by Jessica Location: Prestonsburg on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    I have to say that I have a small amount of compassion for people like this. My older brother isan alcoholic and has had two DUI's in the last several years. The first time, the court ordered him to take AA classes, which he drove himself to after they also suspended his license. Turns out, he conned his way into getting the papers signed stating that he attended the classes when he really didn't. The second time he was arrested, he was locked up for seven days and then released with yet again a suspended license. Don't these idiot judges get it? AA classes rarely work and if you have incompetent people running them, then they definately won't work. Repeat alcoholic offenders such as my brother, should be placed in a residential treatment center until they are viewed as being well enough to leave. My family doesn't have the money to send my brother to a res. facilty, like many other families needing help. The state should spend money on getting these people help instead of cable t.v.
  • by L Location: Wyoming on Jul 17, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    While addiction is an illness you made the choice to pick up the bottle in the beginning and apparently you are still making that choice. Part of the problem is criminals are given too many chances. It is called accountability and responsibility. Start living it!
  • by John Location: Lexington on Jul 17, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    Use the drunk defense!, Jamie Barnett did and he practically got away with killing a police officer.
  • by Renea Location: Williamsburg on Jul 17, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    This is a prime example of why they need to be rehabilitated somewhere other than jail if they are caught with or on drugs or alcohol. I am married to a recovering acoholic and I see how hard he struggles to stay sober. God bless everyone with this sickness. It's certainly NOT any fun for the family members left to clean and care for these people. Get him some help. Send him to rehab for a year, not jail. He'll definately dry out but what about the problems BEHIND the acohol. He needs help.
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