Rehabilitation? Or just sending a message?Mikey 26 comments
In 1976 a young girl of just nineteen years was jailed on drug charges, and due to lax security was able to walk out of a corrections facility after serving only 1 year of her 10 year sentence. Flash forward 32 years and she is caught by authorities who have discovered she is not only married with 3 children, but has an outstanding reputation for being devoted to her family's well being.
Believe it or not, this is the situation 53 year old Susan LeFevre (pictured right and below) is facing right now. Her husband and children knew nothing of her past and are naturally having a hard time dealing with the shock.
I find this story interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly that she was able to elude the authorities and carry on a normal life for so long, but secondly and more importantly the question of rehabilitation is raised. If being sent to jail is about rehabilitation, and LeFevre is currently an outstanding law abiding citizen, should she have to fulfil the rest of her sentence?
Apparently she does. LeFevre is now serving the remainder of her sentence and will be eligible for parole in 2013, but her lawyer says she plans to ask that her sentence be commuted.
If she were a murderer I would say lock her up. But she isn't a murderer and it sounds like her previous actions were more consistent with that of a typical teenager who made a lousy mistake.
So exactly who would benefit from her going to prison? If it were up to me I would let her and her family be.