Level Three Sex Offender in the 55411 zip code, blog post by John Hoff.
After being down all weekend, the MN Department of Corrections website is back up and includes bells and whistles which look good but provide nothing of any consequence. There are some stirring photos of prisoners making bread and growing a garden to show MN DOC has a commitment to reform, not just punish.
Yes to that. More bread. More gardens...
...Good lord, haul trucks of garbage to the prisons and let the prisoners pick out the food waste to feed herds of swine. Let every leftover prison muffin be fed to swine or wild birds in the healing sunshine or the refreshing rain. Let seeds be saved from tomatoes and planted in composted coffee grounds. Give these troubled souls nature, hard work, books and training and something productive to do, even it if it is menial.
But I wonder how often those stirring MN DOC website photos depict the daily reality of MOST prisoners? Judging by how unresponsive MN DOC has been to my neighborhood, I have to wonder how much LESS responsive they are, in reality, to the reform needs of prisoners? I see those photos and a desire fills me to shout "BULLS***."
Because I can SEE the prisoners are coming out MUCH WORSE, judging by the crimes committed in my neighborhood by FORMER PRISONERS. The MN DOC brags on its new website that 74 percent of Minnesota prisoners remain free of a felony conviction for three years after their release.
Really? And that's supposed to IMPRESS US?
Other than some new photos and some less-than-stellar statements about MN DOC success, the revamped site provides convenient links to, for example, MNCIS. These links don't represent any new resources or information. It is just the system saying, "Hey, here's another way which already exists that allows you to go look stuff up." The link to MNCIS should come with a warning label about how HINKY that site is and how learning to use it involves learning a long list of maddening quirks.
Is the sparkly new MN DOC website going to make MN DOC officials answer emails when Northside residents want to know, for example, the current conditions of release of a Level Three Sex Offender who is making trouble in the neighborhood and MN DOC supervisor Gregory Fletcher can't seem to do ANYTHING about it?
No. The site is up, and it looks new and sparkly, but the smell of bureaucratic lethargy hangs upon it like the body odor of Peter "Spanky Pete" Rickmyer.