What Happens In Prison...

Two boys convicted of murdering their father are now out of prison as adults.

Alex and Derek King appeared on "The Today Show" Tuesday in their first live interview since getting released from jail following their convictions of murdering their father.  Alex was 12 years old when he killed his father in Florida.  Derek was 13.  It happened in 2001.

Now the two are grown up, out of prison and looking to start new lives.  They are enrolling in community college and looking for jobs.  On "The Today Show," Matt Lauer noted how many people don't consider prison to be rehabilitating, but rather, a training ground for better criminals.  Derek responded that inmates must choose whether they are going to use their time behind bars to improve their lives and address what got them there in the first place, or whether they are going to follow a different, more sinister path.  The King Brothers say they chose the latter.

What are your thoughts about rehabilitation in prison? Is it possible?  Should it better encouraged and supported?  

 

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  • by amanda Location: Jamaica on Nov 20, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    i believe there should be such a program because a lot of men are being harresed sexually and needs to be rehabilitated. it also should be in place because it causes stress and prison cause mental break down
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    I work in the NC prison system and I can tell you I have seen no rehabilitation, oh the programs are there but the willingness of the inmates isn't. In my opinion rehabilitation is a myth put forth by feel good hippies who think that by showing a thief a few videos of why it's wrong to steal will change their ways forever and go on to lead productive lives. It just doesn't happen that way. Prison is a revolving door. Most inmates in prison have been there before. My best guess would be fewer than 10% of all inmates have never served time in prison before. People are who they are, you can rehabilitate a criminal any more than you could make a criminal out of an otherwise law abiding citizen.
  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    If they chose the latter, then we are all in trouble.
  • by Kathleen Location: NJ on Sep 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    I would HOPE that you mean that they chose the FORMER...
  • by ace on Sep 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Bull!
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