Alsip man receives probation in racial attack with noose
- 0Mar 1, '13 by herring_RN GuideAn Alsip man who helped put a noose around an African-American teen was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday and will have to write a paper on the history of lynching of African-Americans in the United States as part of his punishment.
Matthew Herrmann, 19, must also read his paper at a “peace circle,” a process where offenders meet victims and community members in an effort to resolve issues between them, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. ...
... With two other white teens, then aged 16 and 17 -- Herrmann attacked 17-year-old Joshua Merritt inside the Beverly home of a state’s attorney’s office employee.
Officials said the group was unhappy that Merritt was friends with the 16-year-old’s female cousin. ...
- 3Mar 2, '13 by aknottedyarnI think keeping a young man out of jail and finding a consequence that demands learning and working towards a better outcome is much better than throwing him in jail.
Jails have become training grounds for the creation of worse crimes and criminals when the inmate is let go. It perpetuates dependency. In this country it has become the largest treatment modality for mental illness. it certainly is not the best.
I think the punishment of writing a paper of appropriate material and the need to participate in an activity where resolution is the goal is admirable. The article does not indicate level of probation. In our state house arrest is still probation. A different level is very frequent interaction with the Probation Officer, while other levels decrease interaction between offender and PO. A good Probation Officer may be able to assist this young man to turn his life around.
To put him in jail will continue the racial injustices as he will be seen as a hero to the white supremacists who are already doing time for hate crimes.
- 2Mar 7, '13 by aknottedyarnQuote from tewdlesThere has been a grat deal of success with non-traditional courts. Recently we got one of of cients into Vets Court. Native Americans: Indians and Eskimos often have tribal courts that treat offenders in different ways.I hope you are correct AK, that we can help these people to see how their behavior is wrong and not civil without jailing them.
We already know that jails do not work to prevent further offenses. If they did then we would not see the recitivism that goes on. We, int he US, jail more people than any other "civilized" country. Seems like all it has gotten is a bad mental health system. Few have significant changes and most would have had these changes with alternatives such as good drug and alcohol treatment.
- 2Mar 10, '13 by aknottedyarnQuote from OCNRN63Prejudice is alive and well in the US. Groups of kids do things that they would not do individually. Not excusing the behavior. It just points to the fact that we have to work hard to stop prejudice. Kids put in to gear long before brain engages. Parents need to be aware and teach ethical acceptance from birth on.I can't comment on the punishment for this young man. I'm still trying to fathom how anyone could do that to another human being.