Saturday, January 8, 2011
Second Chance For Convicted Felons?
Now there is another convicted felon in Southfield, MI who went on television to get his sob story out there with the hope that someone will cut him a break and give him a job. Well damn, it worked. He got a job. He was in prison for murder. He killed someone and only got 18 years and feels he paid his debt to society. Well, I'm sorry. Eighteen years is not good enough. The person he killed and their family got a life sentence. They don't have a second chance and he doesn't deserve one either. 40 year old Marlon McDonald says to Fox 2 News "Someone died because of me, and that was unnecessary," he said. "That's my fault, and that is, I guess for a lack of a better term, my cross to bear." It's just not his cross to bear, the family of the person he killed also has to bear that cross for the rest of their living life. They didn't get just 18 years, they lost their son or daughter. Someone lost their sister or their brother or maybe even their mother or father for a lifetime, not 18 years. What is Fox 2 News going to go out and cover every sob story of every convicted felon that contacts them? Honestly, I think Fox 2 News should have turned down Marlon McDonald and went out there and covered a story of someone who has lost their job and practically everything they own because of the economy, not because they were a convicted felon and killed someone. Andrea Isom from Fox 2 News says "However, McDonald has paid his debt to society. He did hard time, almost 18 years behind bars for murder." Does she really think he paid his debt to society? What if that had been one of her family members he killed? Would she still think he paid his debt to society then? I am not saying they don't have a right to a second chance, just that they should have to work for it like everyone else. They shouldn't be handed a job on a silver platter. If these places want to hand out jobs, they should place an ad and hire someone who is deserving of the position.
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