Stealing From Construction Sites

About 20 years ago, I was standing around after church and talking to a couple of older ladies.  The conversation went kind of like this:

Older Lady Number 1:  I watched a news special last night about people stealing from construction sites.

Older Lady Number 2:  That’s horrible.

Me:  My great aunt does that.

Older Lady Number 1:  What, the news?

Me:  No, steals from construction sites.

Me:  She was arrested a few weeks ago for stealing a toilet, so she could remodel her bathroom.  She’s already on parole, but because of her age, they probably will not send her to prison.

Old Lady Number 1 and Number 2, just stare at me with a blank look in their eyes and are completely speechless.

That was the end of our conversation.

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Cell Block Z by Matt Handle

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The zombie apocalypse starts when a new lethal injection drug is given to an inmate.  The inmate dies, but quickly turns into a reanimated corpse and goes on a killing spree.  The guards, witnesses, and the warden become his first victims and also turn into zombies.

The story is enjoyable and the characters are entertaining.  My only complaint is the abrupt ending.  It leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions.

The Body Wash Bandit

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Cleveland Mason Jr was arrested last week for stealing 26 bottles of body wash from Hometown Market in Decatur, Alabama.  I wonder why.

  • Maybe his New Year’s resolution was to stay clean.
  • Maybe he has a body wash fetish.
  • Maybe he always wanted to be called The Body Wash Bandit.
  • Maybe he was planing a prank.
  • Maybe he was going to use the body wash to clean evidence from another crime.
  • Maybe he is a kleptomaniac.

Anyway, this crime leaves me scratching my head and wondering why.

 

Full Story:  whnt.com/2017/12/30/decatur-man-charged-with-robbery-for-shoplifting-26-bottles-of-body-wash/

 

 

An Author and Embezzler

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William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was an interesting individual.  He was born in the mid 1800’s, wrote numerous short stores, traveled the United States, and spent time in jail for embezzlement.

His most famous story is “The Gift of the Magi.”  The story is about a poor married couple. Both the husband and the wife wanted to give their partner a very special christmas gift.

The wife had long glowing hair, which caused her complexion to radiate.  She cut off her hair and sold it to buy a chain for her husband’s pocket watch.  The pocket watch was a prized possession and had been handed down for generations.

The husband was unaware of what his wife was planning, so he pawned the pocket watch to buy expensive tortoise shell combs for his wife.

I just finished reading “Stories by O. Henry.”  Each of his stories contain some kind of weird twist.  He also writes from a wide variety of perspectives.  The narrator of the story could be male, female, a dog, or even a ten dollar bill.

O. Henry was an author, an embezzler, and an interesting character.

Jails Doubling as Hospitals

After the recession, Alabama struggled with the budget.  A plan to cut expenses was needed, so the legislators decided to cut funding to the Department of Mental Health by 50% over a 5 year period.

Hospitals were closed and the community resources that remained were stretched way beyond capacity.  People needing treatment would have to wait for 3 or 4 months, by then a minor problem could easily become a crisis situation.

People in need of mental health treatment didn’t just disappear, so what happened to them?  When faced with a crisis, some of them ended up in jail.  I was reading an article (WHNT.com) that stated 30% of the population in the Huntsville jail are there for mental health reasons.

The legislators are starting to notice the result of their decision years ago.  It cost a lot more money to house someone in jail then it does to treat them in the community or to care for them in a hospital setting.

A committee has been formed to discuss the current problem.  The legislators are concerned, not because of the amount of people whose lives have been ruined by the lack of treatment.  They are concerned, because it is costing them money.

 

Lost for Life – Documentary

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Lost for Life is a documentary about juveniles serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.  The offenders in the documentary commented horrific acts of violence and murder, but all of them were under the age of 17 at the time.

Should they be serving life without the possibility of parole?

Scientific research has proven the human brain is not completely developed until the early twenties.  Should that be a consideration when sentencing a juvenile that has committed murder?  Should rehabilitation be the focus, instead of punishment?

I honestly have a hard time judging an adult, based on crimes committed as a juvenile.  As a teenager, I did a lot of stupid things.  I also committed several crimes, but I got lucky and was never prosecuted.

As an adult, I am a completely different person.  I have a much better grasp of morality and ethics.  I would never consider committing those crimes today and I am even baffled by my own stupidity as a young person.

I thank God I am not judged today based on my actions as a juvenile.  I am only judged by my actions as an adult.

What are your views on juveniles serving life without the possibility of parole?  Let me know in the comment section.