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Chapter 24 – Helping Convicts Stay Out of Prison

Jorge Antonio Renaud The University of North Texas Press ePub

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

helping ex-cons stay out of prison

Why do we kill, or rob, or sell drugs, or write hot checks, or beat up strangers, or abuse and rape women and children? Why are we criminals? Is it because we are poor? Because we were abused ourselves? Because our friends do it? Do our criminal actions arise from need, rage, despair, or simple greed?

I don’t know if anyone can answer these questions. However, once someone is convicted and comes to prison, that person is identified in a way and molded into something he wasn’t before. The guy on the corner who we suspected was “up to no good” is now a full-fledged convict, and a convict trying to stay out after release from prison will face a different set of problems than a young person who is just now breaking the law and has yet to go to prison.

I have no insights to offer those who wish to keep people out of trouble and out of jail. If you are reading this, it is probably too late for that, anyway. What I have to offer is hope—that with your help, your loved one in prison can, upon release, defy the odds and stay out. This may sound strange; hope, and suggestions on how to stay free from a man in for the third time, in the face of cold statistics that show almost sixty percent of all convicts returning to prison.

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Epilogue: A. Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

Bill Neal University of North Texas Press PDF

EPILOGUE

A. Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

Spin-Doctoring, Dirty Tricks, and Whatever Else It Takes

WHEN AT THE END of Sneed’s second Fort Worth murder trial the jury shot back a “not guilty” verdict without even bothering to deliberate, much less to read the court’s jury instructions, Judge

Swayne was flabbergasted—stunned is perhaps a better word. Both

Judge Swayne’s words and his actions during and after the trial clearly demonstrated that he had no doubt—reasonable or otherwise—that

John Beal Sneed had intentionally killed Colonel Boyce without any legal justification. How, he puzzled, could the jury have gotten it so wrong?

Better question was, how did the defense manage to snatch victory from the jaws of a seemingly certain defeat? How did McLean and company manage to lay the sins of the son at the feet of the father and then convince the jury that it was somehow necessary to slay Colonel Boyce in order to “protect the home” of the killer?

And they did all of that despite the efforts of Judge Swayne during the second trial to rein in the excesses of the McLean team. Admittedly the judge was not entirely successful at that, but then what mortal judge could have totally repressed the combined aggression and forcefulness of McLean, Johnson, Scott, and John Beal Sneed himself—particularly when the prosecution lawyers did so little to assist him?

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7 Medical and Dental Facilities

Jorge Antonio Renaud University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter seven

medical and dental facilities

B

ecause the medical care received in prison is such an important issue, this chapter is broken into two parts. The second, Appendix B, is taken word-for-word from the TDCD-ID Comprehensive Health

Manual, and it outlines what services are available to Texas inmates.

As you will see, they are impressive and are an enormously welcome improvement from the shockingly negligent system in place before

Ruiz.

However, there is a huge gulf between what services are available and what services are actually provided. Many factors influence the quality of prison medicine, and the single biggest is the attitude I referred to in chapter one—the system cares little for inmates’ welfare except when it is possible that staff negligence may result in an inmate’s injury and death, and the system will then be held liable.

In this chapter I will again refer to Judge Justice’s March 1, 1999 order in Ruiz v. Johnson, 37 F. Supp 2d and 55 (S. D. Tex. 1999.) While

Judge Justice did not find the medical practices unconstitutional, the testimony of expert and inmate witnesses, and the admissions of medical personnel and TDCJ officials, will help illustrate some of the problems I will point out.

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7.9 Format for the quality cost model

Low Sui Pheng Chartridge Books Oxford ePub

CHAPTER 7

A system for quantifying construction quality costs

7.1 Introduction

There are three components that make up quality costs: Prevention, Appraisal and Failure costs. The ISO 9000 standard introduces a quality management system that has been widely claimed would reduce the costs of business. One of the ways it does this is through a reduction in quality costs. The ISO 9000 quality management system establishes work procedures that reduce defects. Proper design and implementation of these work procedures lead to reduced wastage as more work would be done right the first time. Ultimately, the costs of operation would decrease. However, no study has been done based on the above premise. Although it has been widely claimed that ISO 9000 would reduce the costs of doing business, no studies have been undertaken within the context of ISO 9000 certified construction firms. Due to this vacuum, this chapter proposes a cost system to capture site quality costs. The aims of this chapter are to:

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Part 2: Shifting The Paradigm

Polly Higgins Shepheard-Walwyn ePub

ECOCIDE straddles both types of nuisance – public and private. The wording of the definition of ecocide is deliberate. It is designed to incorporate both civil and criminal legislation that will grow out of the definition. Prosecution for the crime of ecocide brings with it civil litigation as well. Restoration of damage, destruction or loss of ecosystems will be a key aspect to be determined in the light of convictions being made. National legislation premised on the ability of a person or group of persons to bring a claim in negligence, against a corporate entity whose directors have been found guilty of ecocide can be determined speedily and at limited cost. In such circumstances instead of the claimant having to prove his case, the conviction of the CEO and/or his directors will take the case straight to the issue of damages and compensation to be payable by the company. Thus, a CEO can be imprisoned for ecocide activities (and restoration of damage ordered as part of the sentencing requirements), plus the inhabitants of the territory could take individual or class action against the company for compensation.

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