Social: Waste of the Criminal Minds

I've been watching Sons of Anarchy.  I'll be honest.  Until a week ago, I thought it was a reality show following a motorcyle club.  Well, it's not.  It's a hard hitting, edgy drama about a criminal enterprise. It's a decent show and I'm watching it until all of Breaking Bad, including the last half of the last season is available on Netflix so I can binge-stream the whole thing.

I'm bringing this up now because remember a couple of weeks ago when two convicts escaped their Florida prison?  Well, it appears that the fake documents they used to escape were forged not from outside the prison but from within (CNN).

Watching the SofA show, more than a few times, I've sat there thinking "that's too far-fetched".  Now, I'm gonna have re-evaluate that somewhat.  Apparently, in the Florida prison escape, the two convicts doing hard time,Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, had help with creating the fake documents, then they were smuggled out, and those documents filed by someone from the outside.  And so far, there is no evidence that this daring escape involved help from employees.

Now, there is a review underway in Florida about giving prisons too much access to law information and other resources that evidently were used to create fake but legitimate-looking documents that passed for the real thing.

It's sad really.  Imagine what the mind of this prison or prisoners could really do in the real world to better society had they decided to use them that way.  Sure, they were probably stupid for getting into crime in the first place.  Maybe they didn't have a choice.  I'm not here to debate that issue.

It is just unfortunate that these minds are wasted and wasting away.  Personally, I do believe in harsh prison sentences but we also should try to put more resources into helping those move into more promising lives and opportunities.

With the rise of 3D printing, I'm both excited and scared what the criminal minds will come up with.  You can bet that fake documents would be the least of our worries.


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