ex criminal loses award...

Sal - posted on 06/11/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i'm not sure if i agree with this or not, i can see both sides .....so here goes during the recent queensland floods thousands of people went above and beyond the call and helped neighbours, communities towns and streets clean up after the waters swept through the state, people were nominated for community awards, one of these people just happened to be a recently released convicted rapist and armed robber, now he was awarded the prize but then the govt resinded the award as it wasn't appropriate for him to be awarded the honour but appluaded his efforts to turn his life around...........what do you think???? http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/...

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Sneaky - posted on 06/11/2011

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Well, I'd say that would be an absolutely fantastic way to make a person feel worthless, useless and pointless. Probably what we want an ex-con who went out of his way to help make a difference and do a good thing to feel right? Wouldn't want him to start getting uppity and assume that we non-criminals want him back in OUR society right?

Fucking discrimination. End of story.

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Nicole - posted on 06/11/2011

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Didn't he serve 12 years in prison? Hmm... Did the judge say "You are now sentenced to 12 years behind bars in a State Correctional Unit AND once you are released, you will NEVER be recognized for any good you do. May God have mercy on your soul."... or something?? Look, I am one that likes sex offender registries, but worries that there are flaws. I am one that doesn't know if rape should be a life-long sentence, but I do worry that prison is more likely to breed a more violent criminal, than actually rehabilitate one. I worry that most of the time, criminals may not get hard enough sentences because of loop-holes in the justice system, but at the same time, don't give ex-cons hope for rehabilitation by rejecting them for good employment and further judgment even once their sentences are served.



Give the man his damn award! And let him feel the totality of the do-good experience and let's hope that's enough, combined with serving his sentence, to truly rehabilitate him. I just want to say it again... Give man his damn award!!!

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He deserves his award. They key word in there is EX con, which means he has served his sentence and paid his debt(s) to society. He earned his award by risking his life to save and/or help others and he deserves it.

Lacye - posted on 06/11/2011

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Yes he was an ex con and yes he committed a horrible crime, but don't they think that if he was going to reform back to his old ways that he would have done it while he was helping those people? I mean really. He paid his debt to society, it seems he has learned his lesson. Why should he be punished more after he has already paid for the crime. It's complete discrimination.

Corinne - posted on 06/11/2011

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He should have his award. He's an ex-con, he's served his sentence and therefore paid his debt to society, why should it even be an issue? Lousy swines.

Becky - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think that taking away an award that he earned based on his past is ridiculous.

Krista - posted on 06/11/2011

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I agree with Tracey. Way to make the person feel that there's no point in even trying to turn his life around if he'll constantly be judged for his past.

Tara - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think he should still have his award. The awards were given for actions taken during and after the floods. It shouldn't matter what someone's past is, if they were deserving of the award based on their actions during and after the floods, their past shouldn't make their actions any less heroic.

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