We see it happen all the time. After a high-profile misdeed happens, politicians implement a knee-jerk reaction that doesn’t punish the wrongdoer but punishes those having nothing to do with his or her misdeeds.
Friday night, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw put a stop to the inmate work release program pending further review.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, “Epstein spent 13 months in the county stockade during 2008-2009 as part of a once-secret plea deal widely criticized as being too lenient. About 3½ months into his sentence, Epstein was allowed to spend up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, working out of a downtown West Palm Beach office.”
The are assigning a 32-member panel to investigate.
Really Palm Beach County?!?!? You need to waste time and money on a 32-member panel to try and figure out what happened? The world knows what happened! The wealthy and politically connected use their resources to get preferential treatment. That’s how the criminal justice system works in the United States. In this case, Epstein paid the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office $128,000 during the time he was locked up there.
So now other inmates will be punished because of this?
The US Department of Justice – National Institute of Justice states, “The goal of the Florida Work Release program is to improve the recidivism outcomes of individuals reentering society from prison. The program provides a structured reentry environment to allow incarcerated persons nearing the end of their sentences to work regular jobs in the community. This program aims to help individuals arrive at their release dates with jobs and some savings.”