I’m having an incredibly hard time writing a post about the murder of officer John Maguire, RIP.

Part of it is anger, part is total disbelief and a small part is morbid fascination as to what comes next.

The state of Massachusetts considers itself to be quite progressive and unfortunately, that view is reflected in their approach to crime and punishment.   Or more accurately, crime and rehabilitation.  It’s not truly progressive to punish anyone for his or her crimes.  In fact, it seems as though it’s not progressive to hold people accountable for much of anything.  It’s all about rights, not responsibilities.  Check that: everyone’s rights except victims and the general public.

In 2005, Dominic Cinelli was denied parole.  At the time, the board saw no good reason to let him go, feeling Cinelli was  “in need of a long period of positive adjustment and programming that adequately addresses the causative factors of his criminal behavior.”  Fast-forward to 2008 and bingo, he’s rehabilitated. He must have been, for the board now believed that his parole “would not be incompatible with the welfare of society.”

Think about that statement for a minute.  How could they know for sure? Well, one might say that that’s a question that cuts both ways, they could have been right.  I don’t think so.  If the previous boards’ position was that diametrically opposed to theirs, would it not have been a good idea to weigh all the facts?  You cannot convince me that they gave this much thought at all. Consider:

Cinelli was a career criminal going back to 1976.  His record of achievements includes armed robberies, assault and attempted murder.  Behind bars he was no model citizen either, chalking up 50 disciplinary reports and two escapes.

So what does Massachusetts do? First, they give him three concurrent life sentences, just to show they mean business.  Then they let him have 4 furloughs.  Then on his fifth, he escapes for two months to commit another series of armed robberies.  Oh, but it gets better.  If you’re sentenced to life, even three times, you get parole eligibility based on what type of lifer you are.   As reported in the Lowell Sun, “Inmates convicted of second-degree murder have the possibility of parole after serving 15 years, but Cinelli qualified for a hearing because of his concurrent life sentences as a habitual armed robber“.  So in Massachusetts, if you work hard enough to get three life sentences as an habitual armed robber, we’ll award you with parole eligibility.   Please, someone publish the name of the freaking genius that thought that up.

It’s all a great social experiment, let’s understand them, nurture them, and get them back into society as fast as we can because we’re sympathetic, caring, decent human beings.  No need for vengeance, etc.   There, now don’t we all feel morally superior?

An innocent man, father, husband, career policeman nearing retirement responds to a robbery at a department store and pays for this parole board’s largesse with his life.  God bless John Maguire and condolences to his family.

In case you were wondering, the parole board members are Mark Conrad, Doris Dottridge, Candace Kochin, Pamela Lombardini, Thomas F. Merigan Jr. and Leticia Munoz.  I don’t know any of them personally, so I’ll offer no comments on them other than noting their incompetence and obvious lack of regard for the safety of the greater society.  In fact, when they voted to release this animal back into the wild, they all agreed 6-0. One is tempted to call them accomplices.