Pardon by governor only hope for re-c...

Pardon by governor only hope for re-captured convict

There are 127 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from May 2, 2008, titled Pardon by governor only hope for re-captured convict. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Her Grand Rapids attorney says she has learned the lessons society uses prison to teach convicts, so what good would it do to send Susan LeFevre back to jail.

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#1 May 2, 2008
Keep her locked up.
To pardon her would only encourage other convicts to escape. How many guards would be hurt if convicts get the message that everything will be OK if they escape. How many citizens will be hurt by convicts who decide to escape because they think it will all just go away. Escape should not be rewarded.

It doesn't matter that she has children. Most convicts do. She chose to have children knowing that she could go back to the slammer at any time.

It wouldn't be fair to the convicts who did their time and paid their debt.
Disgusted

Mansfield, OH

#2 May 2, 2008
"When we talk about incarcerating people it's because we are afraid they pose a danger to us," says Denenfeld. "They need rehabilitation. I don't think anyone could seriously say this woman poses a danger to anyone."

Ummmm, what about PAYING FOR HER CRIME?! She has no remorse, she has not had to atone for what she did. Letting her off would just tell felons that if they disappear long enough, they won't have to go back. Let her rot.
Yep

Wichita, KS

#3 May 2, 2008
the purpose of punishment is correct behavior or stop it. if she is reformed then let he go. what will it serve to put her in jail?
just a man in muskegon

Virginia Beach, VA

#4 May 2, 2008
If This Woman Gets Off It'll Make Other Criminals Think That If They Hide For A Period Of Time That They Might Get Let Off---- "If You Don't Want To Serve Time Then Don't Brake The Law"
Bob of Muskegon

United States

#5 May 2, 2008
If she has behaved herself for 32yrs. what snse would it make to put her back in prison? The Michigan Judicial system is worthless anyway.
The Mitten Sux

Maricopa, AZ

#6 May 2, 2008
just a man...wow...get an edumacation
Bob of Muskegon

United States

#7 May 2, 2008
If this woman has stayed out of trouble for 32yrs. what sense would it make to lock her back up. The Michigan Judicial system suck's anyway.
Glen

North Reading, MA

#8 May 3, 2008
99% of the time yes finish ur time but in this case she proved she was just in the wrong crowd and turned her life around LET HER GO
Glen

North Reading, MA

#9 May 3, 2008
let her go she did a year and turned her life around "TIME SERVED"
Glen Muskegon NOT OHIO

North Reading, MA

#10 May 3, 2008
and fix ur system I'am from Muskegon NOT OHIO
Neko

United States

#11 May 3, 2008
Think a church/police state republican in donkeys clothing will pardon anyone that isn't a business owner or a born with money Wall Street investor?

Not Jenny!

With a Bush in the Whitehouse she has a chance.(George is good for pardoning moonshiners and folks who sold cocaine when Daddy was in charge of Iran-Contra!)

She has more hope for a pardon from Bushfuehrer!
Matt

Big Rapids, MI

#12 May 3, 2008
The lady served a year and has not been in trouble since (Well, not convicted of anything). I think she should be let go on probation that way she is still "paying" for her crime and she can go on with her life.
disgusted

Sturgis, MI

#13 May 3, 2008
Im torn on this because it sounds like she turned her life around and is a good member of her community but on the other hand she escaped after serving only 1 year. escaping was a crime also. this would be a tough call to make, the govenor has to think about the message she will be sending to other criminals.
disgusted in muskegon

West Jordan, UT

#14 May 3, 2008
Just because you've tried all your life to cover the fact they you're an ESCAPED CONVICT does not mean you're rehabilitated! This woman is an escapee, a FELON,and she needs to be returned to prison!
fred at yahoo

United States

#15 May 3, 2008
She did the crime, let her do the time. Just because she escaped from the law for 32 years don't mean she should not finish her sentence.
marliray

Grand Haven, MI

#16 May 3, 2008
I agree that prison is for those who pose a possible danger and who need to be rehabilitated. If you think that all of this suddenly occuring in her life isn't punishment, you have no idea of the psychological effects of this not only to her but to her family. To go from where she was when she was younger, to where she was when she was found recently, is huge for someone to turn their life around on their own. Most people cannot do this by themselves. That year she spent in jail had to do something to her - her wake up call - if you must. Let her go - She's a wife, a mom, a community concious person who's learned. Most of Michigan's inmates won't do this - learn. Don't make the State of Michigan and her pay for anymore.
Diane

American Fork, UT

#17 May 3, 2008
I say we have all made stupid mistakes in our younger days! Most we learn from, there are alot worse criminals out there that are still causing trouble that need to be captured. Let her go home to her family! Quit wasting valuble money and time on this!
adk

Houston, TX

#18 May 3, 2008
She has to serve out her sentence. She's an escapee and there's no justification for her not to finish her incarceration.
Jeff From Hesperia

Bradenton, FL

#19 May 3, 2008
Just because she had kids is no reason to let her get away with it.She a criminal that broke out and needs to serve her time know matter what the lawyer thinks
carrie

Elwell, MI

#20 May 3, 2008
Why should she be able to go free your just giving her what she wants she has to learn her lesson even though she has turned her life around it still isn't enough. If a murder escaped from jall and turned there life around and change their name would they just be let free if they escaped? i think that if they let her go then other prisoners would escape too.i would think that the court system would not allow a sex affender to go escape out of jail and go on living their life how they wanted it to be.

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