Eliminate the Parole Board

Eliminate the Parole Board

There are 7 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 1, 2011, titled Eliminate the Parole Board. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

On The Sun's article about the Parole Board dropping the ball in releasing a career criminal that killed a policeman: I agree the Parole Board has no crystal ball and can not predict what an individual will do in the future.

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Merrimack, NH

#1 Jan 1, 2011
The governor fired the Vietnam Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient who headed the Department of Veterans' Services because he wanted a new direction for veterans services. Will the governor fire the parole board chairman he appointed two years ago to get the much-needed new direction in parolling people serving three life sentences?
Lowell resident

East Hampton, CT

#2 Jan 1, 2011
Mr. Gary Boyle writes nonsense. He qualifies as a moral entrepreneur attempting to lead a pack of suburban vigilantes with torches and pitchforks.

He should try exercising some self-control while the government conducts their investigation.

Rockville, MD

#3 Jan 1, 2011
They need to revamp the whole Parole Board system, and policies. Devolved Patrick should fire the current board, and hire people who are going to use their brains and common sense and not release a convict doing three life bits. Better yet. Completely do away with the Parole Board, and give no inmates parole. Let them serve out their full sentences.

Gloucester, MA

#4 Jan 1, 2011
The first thing we need do is get our oh-so-enlightened Legislature to pass a law that there is no parole - EVER= for people like Cinelli. Then let's get rid of Patrick's appointee and get someone who really knows what they are doing.
Al Imony

Tyngsboro, MA

#5 Jan 1, 2011
This country should undertake a massive prison expansion. I would love to see $$ billions spent on it. Build three here in Massachusetts and bring back the death penalty. Do away with parole immediately.
Iron Mike

Acton, MA

#6 Jan 6, 2011
Every election cycle – without fail – aspiring politicians seek out Law Enforcement, promise that they "support the police", pose for pictures, and brag about the number of departments that endorse them.

But 'supporting law enforcement' means different things to different groups. Cops think it means higher pay. Police chiefs often think it means earmarks for new equipment. Civilians think it means tougher laws and the death penalty. Prosecutors think it will mean better crime labs and hiring more assistant prosecutors. Prisoner advocates think it means hiring more public defenders and more social workers.

So while they're posing for photo-ops, nobody is thinking about the kinds of judges to be appointed, the staffing of prisons, or the limp-wristed liberals to be appointed to parole boards.

So with über-liberals like Dukakis [Willie Horton] or Duh-val [Cinelli], who come to the party with a built-in bias against law enforcement based on a presumption that 'society has failed' various groups because they grew up 'lacking essential government services'– clearly because those mean Republicans were stingy with budgets.

If you let the animals out of a zoo, you can assume the carnivores will roam your neighborhoods and attack pets and small children, and eat them.

If you let 2-legged animals out of prison, you can assume they too will come and roam your neighborhoods, and attack in the familiar pattern as driven by their DNA.

Had Cinelli survived the shootout, do you think ANY elected liberal would be for the death penalty? Even the worst of our criminals here know they are unlikely to die behind bars. They know a secret; 'never underestimate the smugness of a liberal in a position of power'.

The DNA of career criminals is almost a perfect compliment for the DNA of lifetime liberals.

Nobody should serve on a parole board who has not been the victim of a violent crime.

Lowell, MA

#7 Jan 6, 2011
Al Imony wrote:
This country should undertake a massive prison expansion. I would love to see $$ billions spent on it. Build three here in Massachusetts and bring back the death penalty. Do away with parole immediately.
We have. The United States incarcerates a far higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. A greater percentage of Americans are locked up than the percentage of Soviet citizens locked up. Not only do we lock up more people, we lock people up for longer terms for a given crime than any other country. We pay far more for locking up our fellow citizens than any other country. The result? We still have much higher rates of crime and astronomically higher murder rates than any other civilized country. Something to think about. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, how insane is it to continue to do more of the same thing each time and expect the result to change? It is like trying to lose weight be eating more.

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