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Deemed fit for release, does the recirculation of predators cause endless issues?
By Al Jacobs
On May 23, 2014, a Superior Court Judge in Orange County sentenced 32-year-old Travis Batten to 107 years imprisonment on seven counts, including forcible rape. Upon sentencing, the judge told Batten, whose assaults were committed over a five-year period, “You are a violent sexual predator that poses an immense danger to the public if ever released.”
On the same day, a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County ordered that 63-year-old serial rapist Christopher Hubbart be released from confinement. Hubbart acknowledged raping and assaulting 40 women between 1971 and 1982, when sentenced to prison.
Paroled in 1990, he was committed to a state mental hospital after committing another attack just two months after. Doctors at the hospital recently declared him fit for release. He’ll wear a GPS monitor on his ankle and be accompanied by security people when in public.
I have a few rhetorical questions. Why only 107 years when 307 would sound more impressive at the judge’s next reelection campaign? When will Travis Batten be declared by some doctors to be fit for release? How many persons make their living by re-circulating vicious predators in a process that never ends? What must be done?
We may scrutinize statutes as to their effectiveness, debate the fairness of capital punishment and philosophize on the judicial system. But basic to the problem is this fundamental truth: Any society unable to dispose of its refuse may expect to be engulfed by it.
Al Jacobs, a longtime Dana Point resident and a professional investor for nearly a half century, distributes a monthly newsletter in which he shares financial knowledge and experience. It is available at www.roadtoprosperity.net.