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Monday, May 23, 2005

Who's that sitting next to you on the Greyhound?

Amazingly, it may just be an unescorted convict en route from one prison to another.  (Hat tip:  CrimProf).  Not surprisingly, convicts such as drug dealer and gang member Dwayne Fitzen are taking this opportunity to escape, as detailed in the news story above.  Even worse, I suspect it's just a matter of time before one of these unescorted prisoners harms a fellow passenger. 

This sounds like an incredibly wrongheaded policy.  Local officials may save a few dollars, but they outsource tremendous cost to the U.S. Marshalls who have to hunt down the escapees.  Meanwhile, society suffers from the prisoner escapes.

Hopefully, with publicity, this practice will change.

Posted by Kaimi Wenger on May 23, 2005 at 02:03 PM in Criminal Law | Permalink


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