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Thursday, July 17, 2008

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aj cobb

I understand that the new parole rule has been under a lot of conterversity. For those who has never been on parole they do not understand why a "former" criminal walking around on the street is getting credit just like he's in jail. Although, the main reason for this rule is to cut cost, I would like to believe that lawmakers understand what it's like being on parole. Let me shed some light on the subject hopefully allowing everyone to be open minded.
Being on "supervised" parole is a lot like being in prison for many reasons. Some of theses reasons are: the officer makes random visits to your residence and workplace maintaining constant supervision; you have drug screens once a month; the officer visits the public taverns; and the parolee also reports to an officer usually once a month at their office. The list of rules are many including society's and one has to follow them strictly.
On the other hand many prisons are more like camps allowing one to work, have recreation, eat, sleep, have friends, and even get to go out on outings. You do all this without the stress of making payments on anything. There are more stresses and rules being outside than in. The only difference is you don't have the companionship of the opposite sex and the love and joy of doing things with your family everyday.
So you see being on parole is like being in jail and if the parolee can function on the outside and be productive he should get the credit or what is the purpose of putting one in jail, to rot or be rehabilitated. No it' is to rehabilitate and that's what parole does. It allows the former criminal to ease his way back into society and be even more productive than even some of you.

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