Sunday, February 02, 2003
Our "beloved" Kentucky governor, Paul Patton, seems to think that blackmail is a good way to increase taxes. Gov. Patton recently released several prisoners early, not due to good behavior, but "to help balance state spending and income for the fiscal year that ends June 30."* Within 3 days of his early release, one of the prisoners, "Richard McGregor, 40, of Hopkinsville, was charged Monday with raping a 25-year-old woman."*
"The Corrections Department knows of four who have been charged with crimes after their release, spokeswoman Lisa Carnahan said. Two of the four have been charged with robbery, which the legislature recently classified as a violent crime. One of those was charged with three bank robberies in the Owensboro area. The other, in a Louisville arrest last week, also was charged with kidnapping."*
When asked for comment, Rusty Cheuvront, Gov. Paul Patton's press secretary, said,"This incident is horrible, and it's terrible, and we regret that it happened...It turns my stomach." After speaking with Patton, Cheuvront quoted the governor as saying, "The other tragedy is that this could be a horrible hint of what could come if the state is forced to live with current revenues."*
On Friday, "Gov. Paul Patton suspended the early release of felons and challenged state lawmakers to find more money for the state's prison system this year. If legislators fail to shore up the corrections budget, Patton said, he will face no other choice but to resume the early inmate release. 'Would that be pain enough to cause the legislature to act? I hope so, because those are the choices we face,' the Democratic governor said."**
Very nice, Governor Patton. Rather than find ways to cut non-essential programs or inflated salaries for government officials, and use the funds already available in more efficient ways, we are subjected to Mafioso tactics--pay up or I set my boys loose on the general population. I've said before that I'm not an extremely political person, but things like this transcend politics and move over to the realm of justice.
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