While campaigning for Governor's Council, once in a while people will ask me what I think of "Three strikes, you're out." It pains me to say, I am rather torn. On the one hand, jail is supposed to be a place to rehab a person and if they can adjust to society why not give them another shot (I know some of you are saying, if they could have adjusted to society, they would have done it before the third offense).
I have talked to public defenders and many attornies who tell me once a person is paroled, they receive very little help from the state. They believe more services for parolees (like helping to find a job or housing) will mean less reoffending. (Dominic Cinelli tried to get a job for six months before he allegedly got caught in a shoot-out while robbing a Kohls department store on Christmas in Woburn, killing a Woburn police officer. People believe if Cinelli found a job, that incident wouldn't have happened). I am inclined to be with this group. On the other hand, anyone stupid enough to break the law three times just might not be capable of rehabilitating and adjusting to society.
What do you think? Three strikes, you're out, or sometimes two strikes and a foul ball :).