Patrick Coulton of Florida pleaded guilty to drug and money-laundering charges, agreed to cooperate, and got a fourteen-year prison sentence. That took less than two months, but his attorneys Emmanuel Roy and Peter Mayas took $275,000 in payments to defend him, including a house.
Reportedly left dumbfounded by the news that recent parolee Terry Raney had been reincarcerated on charges of assault and battery, officials at Woodbourne Correctional Facility struggled Tuesday to make sense of how the prisoner had not been rehabilitated by fifteen years of constant threats, physical abuse, and periodic isolation.
A cause of our nation's dysfunction is the notion that criminals can “pay their debt to society,” and then be all better, as if crimes were purchases made on a credit card. Say that a marginal human wielding a bolo knife crawls through a window, burglarizes the house, and gets caught and sentenced to five years. He gets out some time later having “paid his debt”—actually the citizenry have paid $20K a year to keep him fed and comfortable. He is now thought to have been cleansed and ready to make a fresh start.