The Wonderful Honor System for Parolees

David Arthur Walters

PAROLE OFFICE IMAGE
Kansas City Parole office where parole officer fired gun
and threatened to commit suicide 2012

THE HONOR SYSTEM FOR PAROLEES BY DAVID ARTHUR WALTERS

I have lately encountered many parolees chatting in the back of the city bus that goes up and down Kansas City’s Main Street. I was listening in on a lively discussion just yesterday, and heard a convict say that he did not like the “honor system” very much, that serving ones time out in prison was better than living in the half-way house.

Another con said that was nonsense, because if a man serves his whole time and has no place to go when he gets out, he is dumped on the street in the cold with nothing but a few bucks, and when that is gone, he has no choice but to steal, maybe mug some old man or woman walking out of the convenience…

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