Pickle-barrel or ‘Parole’ board: Ya’ cain’t tell what’s in it ’til ya’ git the lid off’n it!

Raedwulf

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”PICKLE-BARREL Or 'Parole'Board: Ya‘ Cain't Tell-What’s IN It ‘Til Ya’ Git The LID Off'n It !" That's the trouble with pickle—barrels: we mostly leave 'em to do their work, down in some dark basement, never lifting the lid to check the progress. ‘Til we do we WON'T know what's IN there....could be a mess; (might be a mess 0' SKUNKS E!) S For the past 16 years nobody has actually lifted the 'lid‘off the (Ohio) 'parole' board, and (Whoops!..1flgAT a mess !!) SOMEBODY 'botched-the-batch’, and now thousands of "Old Law” 'pickles' are*way YONDER past their 'prime' (their legitimate sentences,that is). "Okay, so just exactly WHAT IS the "legitimate" "Old- " sentence !?” Law For those not yet "in-the~know”, Historically it lies between the 'minimum' (yes, the ACTUAL sentence !) and gig of the same, to encourage ‘good behavior‘. (Examples: "5-to-25" means "You do 3 1/2-to-5 but NOT MORE than 5;" By the same formula, "10-to-25" means “You do 7-to-10 years but NOT MORE than 10.” ) THAT is WHY the Judge said'%ehave yourself and you'll be FINISHED in 3 1/2 !" (5or: "Watch your step, and you'll be OUT in 7 years!" ). In other words, the ‘parole LESSEN a sentence for good behavior. But they were NOT EVER to increase it, as they are not a COURT and therefore have ' board were empowered to no sentencing-power! The "25" ("tail") common to ALL 'Felony~1' sentences was intended by Lawmakers as a ‘scare-tactic’ to prevent recidivism - to make parolees "walk-the—1ine." It was, of course, never really meant to be "served" but to be "held over their heads.” BUT the ‘board’ ( and ONLY the ‘board’ ) want us to be- lieve that the "25" (the ”tail”) was the "real" ‘sentence.’ 10' "PICKLE-BARREL”.... Anything LESS THAN "25" the ‘board’ glibly refers to as "early release% just as if they DIDN'T KNOW that virtually every “Old Law" person is by now 10 or 15 or 20 years PAST the possibility of "early" ANYTHING! But YOU get the picture..... So.... WHAT to do NOW 7.}. First off: DON'T LET IT G0 ANY FURTHER! Insist that Authorities step in Egg and take away the 'board's' con- ytrol over "Old Law” people. Then: Request that the Governor appoint several retired Judges and assign to each of them a handful of skilled assis- tants. Within a week or so they ought to be able to identify and release whoever of the remaining "Old Law” have had the required "statutory first parole—hearing“..... NOTE: To those concerned about further “monitoring”: As for "parole," anyone who is, say, 10 years past eligibility has, technically, ALREADY SERVED the equivalent of FIVE two~ year paroles (10é'2 = 5). So what_ggre should we reguire of him in the way of "proof" ? Has he not "supervised"_HIMSELF, in that he has kept out of trouble all of that time, and inla place where doing so cannot be easy !? Was it Calvin Coolidge who said that "Nine-out—of—ten troubles coming down the road will run into the ditch before they get to you." ? So why worry ?! No. doubt at all that a FAR greater per-centage of "Old Lawg" once let go, will STAY ON the Straight—And-Narrow, whether "supervised" or ON THEIR OWN. by Raedwuli

Author: Raedwulf

Author Location: Ohio

Date: April 11, 2017

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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