Back in the days when I was the manager of a black church, I had a good friend, Jackson, in his late 20’s, who was an ex-felon. He committed a new crime because he wanted to go back to prison.
We never talked about his desire to go back to prison. Most of what Jackson was doing, while out of prison, was having sex with big (heavy) white women. His interest in that seemed to be wearing off. He didn’t find much else of interest to him. He really didn’t like the chaotic life of a free man.
The story that relates to this Judge Judy video is that my friend committed theft from an auto and ran and hid nearby, where the cops found him. On the day of his trial, the lawyer that I hired to defend him was sick and sent another attorney from his office. The alternate attorney had not been briefed on the case and certainly didn’t know that Jackson was guilty.
The prosecutor from the DA’s office recited the facts of the case. The lawyer turned to Jackson expecting to get a different version of why he was found hiding. Jackson said ‘no, that’s pretty correct”. Whatever defense he had worked out with the main lawyer, the new lawyer didn’t know anything about it. Jackson went to prison, which is what he wanted.
While we are at it. I have long known that the recidivism rate is 66% from State prison. What I didn’t know was that is the rate after one year. After 3 years it is 85%. Most ex-felons don’t stay out of prison. Nearly all go back.
So much for prison reform that the Left talks about so much.