Thursday, August 11, 2005

Lifetime of Failures

After the shootout in Roane County and the re-capture of George Hyatte and his wife Jennifer, a few items seem clear as clear can be -- the TN Corrections system and George and Jennifer Hyatte are all part of years and years of Failure. Reading the AP stories alone tell volumes about this case:

It was at least the fifth time he had gotten way from law enforcement officials. The other escapes were from local authorities in east Tennessee in 1990, 1991, 1998 and 2002. In the escape three years ago, Mr. Hyatte and another prisoner fled from a county jail after threatening guards with a knife made from toothbrushes and a razor blade.

When one guard turned over keys to the inmates, they then used them to beat another officer until he was unconscious. The two escapees were captured in Florida a few days later.

Mr. Hyatte was 9 when he first entered the court system, for school truancy and unruly behavior. By the time he was 17 he had already been through a treatment program for alcohol and drug abuse.”

Not to say it is all the fault of the Corrections System, but he has spent plenty of time under their questionable tutelage and his only expertise is in being a professional criminal.

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