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Alsip man receives probation in racial attack with noose

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    An 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. ...

    http://www.suntimes.com/18514434-418...ith-noose.html
    I'm not sure what happens at the "peace circle'. It may do him more good than a fine and incarceration. IMO
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  3. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    Is this another example of racial entitlement..maybe we should share this with Justice Scalia
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  4. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    This is in Cook County, IL (Chicago). Can't help but wonder why authorities in this area are so ineffective in protecting citizens and adequately punishing those who perpetrate violence upon their neighbors.
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    I 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.
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    maybe you could ask a wise latina on the court. Ooops I forgot, there isn't one.

    Quote from tewdles
    Is this another example of racial entitlement..maybe we should share this with Justice Scalia
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  7. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    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.
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    Quote from tewdles
    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.
    There 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.

    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.
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  9. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    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.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    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.
    Prejudice 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.
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  11. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    Perhaps he was a transfer student from a Louisiana voucher school.
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  12. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    Quote from Jolie
    Perhaps he was a transfer student from a Louisiana voucher school.
    Or perhaps he grew up in a home or community where bigotry is not unusual. Adolescents make lots of mistakes while figuring out how to be responsible civil adults in a community.

    It is not uncommon to look at acts of bullying and bigotry and find the roots of the intolerance or the acceptance of the behavior somewhere in the teens family/social life.
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    The Conservative Case Against More Prisons | The American Conservative

    I am often called a bleeding heart liberal. For years the ACLU as well as other liberal organizations have been pointing to the fact that jails don't work. It was good to read this in a very Conservative offering.

    Here is one area where many liberals and conservatives can join forces to cut costs of incarceration, stop the stigma of prison history when trying for a job, increase the abilities of people to work towards their own betterment.

    From a liberal POV it also cuts down on private prisons where we see much graft and corruption. The money saved can be re-directed to those who are seeking behavioral changes for addiction, illiteracy, and other things that prevent positive outcomes for people after they go to jail. Jail is not the best place to become honest about history that impacts addiction.

    I recently read that a woman in Connecticut was sentenced to 5 years in jail for trying to get her daughter into a school district where she was not living. Now the woman cannot raise her child at all and all she wanted was the best for her child. She did wrong but does the punishment to both mother and child fit the crime? My SO once defended a man in a murder trial where one person was put to death and his client was sentenced to three years in jail. Is this fair to jail a woman longer than a murderer? Obviously SO is a good lawyer who protected the rights of his client. Even he shakes his head about the craziness in sentencing.
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