Sharpes, FL — A former inmate in Florida was injured while trying to sneak back into jail. Sylvester Jiles suffered severe cuts from barbed wire while trying to climb a 12-foot fence at the Brevard County Detention Center Monday night.
The 24-year-old former inmate was released last week from the jail after accepting a plea deal on a manslaughter charge. He showed up at the jail Monday night and asked to be taken back into custody because he feared family members of his victim would retaliate against him. Jail officials said they couldn’t take him in and told him to file a police report.
Instead, he tried to climb over the barbed-wire fence and fell in his attempt. He remained hospitalized for his injuries Tuesday. — Associated Press
1. Why did he accept a plea deal that released his ass from jail when freedom was the exact opposite of what he wanted? Shouldn’t he have bargained instead to remain behind bars, where he thought he was safer? Or is this 20-20 hindsight?
2. Explain why jail authorities’ suggestion that he “file a police report” is (a) typical of the crappy advice one gets when they request it from law enforcement agents, and (b) funny as hell when it happens to somebody else, particularly when you don’t give a damn about him.
3. On the assumption that Sylvester’s fears of retaliation were well-founded, do you think the parties that sought retaliation are delirious with glee at the way he sliced himself to ribbons on his own, relieving them of any intended illegal wrongdoing?
4. On the same assumption, do you think they’ll still want to inflict damage of their own? Discuss the principle at stake here in biblical or secular terms. (Hint: Sermon On the Mount and Aristotle’s Nichomean Ethics).
5. Describe a bartering system where people who want to be imprisoned could replace those who want to be released. Would society be more or less secure? Would the system save or lose money?
6. Is jail harder or easier to gain admission to than a community college? Compare classroom facilities, dormitory accommodations, exercise and sports programs, cafeteria service, crime and safety rates, and cost per inmate/student. Which offers its graduates a better vocational or professional career? That’s what I thought. What the hell is wrong with us, anyway?