Wednesday, October 31, 2007

ooh, an interesting controversy

the headline reads, Norfolk officials divided on felon's appointment to city agency. the gist is that half of the city council is against Albert's appointment to lead Norfolk’s Office of Public and Criminal Justice.
The man recently appointed to lead a new anti-crime agency went to prison for manslaughter in the 1970s, committed a series of drug-related felonies in the 1980s and was accused of another killing in 1990.

Alphonso Albert also has spent the past 15 years helping hundreds of ex-felons redirect their lives, earning him the respect of a host of city officials.

His new job gives him some oversight of the Police Department and others in law enforcement, and some officials question whether he should be allowed to have that position despite what he's accomplished since leaving prison
i don't know the specifics of this man's case, i've never even heard of him before. but i'm in agreement with Mayor Fraim and Councilman Riddick on this one. here is finally a story of a man who has been helped by the criminal justice system and has reached soaring levels in his career since his encounters with the system. the public says that they want people to be reformed and successful after they have paid their dues for criminal acts. but when it happens, there is often an uproar or controversy.

i am angry at the citizens in this region. the paper ran a poll, and the public's answers are astonishing. i mean, this man has been through it all. he may offer wonderful insights into our local criminal justice programs.
Should a convicted felon be eligible to lead Norfolk’s Office of Public and Criminal Justice?

Yes 19.75%
No 76.49%
Undecided 3.76%

Total: 2846 votes
jeez, people, wake up. with two million people incarcerated and 700,000 released each year, you are going to have to learn to live and work with these people. they are everywhere.

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