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  • teach4ever67 Oct 16, 7:32 p.m.

    I first read about this last night.... and then again tonight. Each time I feel as if I am walking around on April Fool's day.

    I do, however, have a wonderful solution to this problem. We need to all 20 of these released inmates and make them the next door neighbors of those that vote to put this law into play. I would be willing to bet that their vote would be quite different if there were a chance they would be living right beside them each day and evening....

  • delilahk2000 Oct 16, 7:24 p.m.

    A life sentence is a joke, there should not be any reduced sentence for good behavior. They can pretend to be good, just to be let out early, these are harden criminals, THE SUPREME COURT THAT IS LETTING THEM OUT SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE IF THEY GO AND MURDER SOMEONE ELSE, THEIR BLOOD WILL BE OWN THEIR HANDS, NOT THAT THEY CARE.

  • woodrowboyd2 Oct 16, 7:21 p.m.

    Where were all of you when this has been going on since the 80s
    wow surprise surprise did you just wake up.
    No wonder we elected Obama it will take you another year to find out what he campaigned on.

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Oct 16, 6:56 p.m.

    turdferguson - "How can they have these good behavior credits if they've all had infractions and been denied parole time and time again?"

    EXCELLENT QUESTION!!!

    How indeed???

    Anyone...

    God bless.

    RB

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Oct 16, 6:55 p.m.

    "A person who has been in prison for a violent crime, and has gotten infractions throughout their time incarcerated, that's the best predictor for their future activity," he said.

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    If they've had a violent crime in the past five years, they shouldn't be considered for any type of release. PERIOD!!!

    So much for protecting the innocent.

    pfffttt

    God bless.

    RB

  • Chasityj25 Oct 16, 6:27 p.m.

    Then they wonder what is wrong with our so called system! Really people what is the deal? My brother was murdered Raleigh, NC in 2006 (LeRoy Jernigan) and it would just send chills down my spine to know that they would release these individuals back on our streets. What are the consequences to there actions? Nothing just let them back on the streets to Rape & Murder again and again~! Can anyone really answer this question on a serious note? Why? They already have infractions, what is considered GOOD behavior in prison for raping and murdering someone?

  • lkanzig Oct 16, 6:10 p.m.

    gee and when they are released they can join their fellow crimminals in the nc government!

  • BigUNCFan Oct 16, 5:09 p.m.

    OCt 29 release.

    It is shaping up to be a mean halloween if these guys act up. No telling what this bunch of people will do when released. They sounds like a mean group.

  • turdferguson Oct 16, 5:07 p.m.

    How can they have these good behavior credits if they've all had infractions and been denied parole time and time again?

  • turdferguson Oct 16, 5:04 p.m.

    What a disaster...I'm losing all faith in humanity.

  • durham citizen Oct 16, 4:43 p.m.

    batcave,if this 9 year old gir lhad been your daughter, would your comments be the same?

  • durham citizen Oct 16, 4:37 p.m.

    dave 2345, here as some detals for you.
    Steven C. Wilson, 52, is among the inmates set to be released. Wilson was convicted in 1978 in the kidnapping and first-degree rape of a 9-year-old girl.

    Dave2345 what is your next question?

  • batcave Oct 16, 4:31 p.m.

    Anyone commenting above the age of 60? 70? Do you think these old timers who commited these rapes 40 years ago have the same urges? (bring on the hate!) mandrepage

    Rape is about the violence and control not the sex.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Oct 16, 4:19 p.m.

    not just democrats, republicans too...they are all corrupt. You have to be rich b/f you can get into office....just look at our representatives now....they don't care about this, they are surrounded by security, living in gated communities

  • THE ETERNAL Oct 16, 4:17 p.m.

    America has way too many people in prison. If need be, execute the bad ones and turn most of the others free.

  • dave2345 Oct 16, 4:13 p.m.

    Would like a few more details as to how long they individually were sentenced for and was it a stipulation that no parole be granted and crimes comitted.

  • durham citizen Oct 16, 4:12 p.m.

    Landshark, not sure conservatives have evey deen in charge on the State, I am sure republicans have not. 100 years of Democrat controlled power haave led to corrupt politicians like Black, Easley and his wife. Not to mention their cronies in State goverment. Fact of the matter is if these scumbags had gotten the death penalty as they should we would not be having this discussion.

  • skeeter II Oct 16, 4:11 p.m.

    Who were all of the smart people who are supposed to research the effects of any legislation while it is being discussed in the legislature??????????

    Looks like someone would have "figured out" that this COULD occur when the legislation was being discussed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • djofraleigh Oct 16, 4:03 p.m.

    Let's hold accountable for these releases the legislators who voted for the act in 1981. Let's find out who they are and with any crimes committed by those lifers released, then charge those legislators with complicity and sentence them to shame in front of the victims.

  • blackdog Oct 16, 3:52 p.m.

    I'm all for reformed convicts allowed to enter society again, but these guys sound like the reason we have prisons in the first place.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Oct 16, 3:50 p.m.

    and its also not "will they do it again" They are to be punished, you rape a 9 year old, you should never be allowed out of prison again, you participate in the murder of a cop, you should never be allowed out, you kidnap and rape a woman, you should never be allowed out....period.
    Punish these animals......thats where I stand.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Oct 16, 3:48 p.m.

    Anyone commenting above the age of 60? 70? Do you think these old timers who commited these rapes 40 years ago have the same urges? (bring on the hate!)
    mandrepage

    Phillip Craig Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, California were arrested for kidnapping and other charges of Dugard.......

    So yes I do believe they will to answer your question.

  • rrzx-14 Oct 16, 3:42 p.m.

    All 20 were convicted of either rape or murder. Makes no sense why any of them should get out of prison except in a pine box.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Oct 16, 3:39 p.m.

    Isn't prison for rehab? If you cannot be rehabed in prison then how can you leave prison? Personally, anyone in jail that breaks a law should be removed from life. Lets be honest, how many of these prisoners will be back in prison within year of their release? I'd say more than 50% of them.

  • G-man Oct 16, 3:38 p.m.

    Landshark you must be the ignoramus. The democrats have controlled the NC senate and house for the past 100+ years though there was a lame duck Rep. Governor in the 80's. The Demo's wrote the law. And by the way, a life sentence never stopped anyone from killing again.

  • mandrepage Oct 16, 3:36 p.m.

    Has anyone here reviewed the reason most of these men were incaecerated? The majority were rape convictions. I struggle with the logic of our judicial system,as one can take a human life, and be out of prison in less than 15 years, and in the same system of justice,one who has sexual intercourse with a women, or man; against there will is given a life sentence? Where is the logic? I by no means am defending the heinous act of rape, yet why a life sentence? My point is all the comments posted bring about mass hysteria and certain doom when these prisoners are released. Once again, not to defend the prisoners being released, but people ,come on.Stop with the hysteria. Anyone commenting above the age of 60? 70? Do you think these old timers who commited these rapes 40 years ago have the same urges? (bring on the hate!)

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Oct 16, 3:30 p.m.

    If the supreme court and lawmakers had any sense, they would've executed these people long ago

  • G-man Oct 16, 3:25 p.m.

    Ya'll just don't get it. The politicians wrote the law.

  • concerncitizen Oct 16, 3:25 p.m.

    durham citizen, unlike you I have a solution for my suggestion not to use capital punishment! "life in prison without a chance for proroll" If the conservatives in charge of the state back in 1970 had any sense there would be the law now! And these criminals would not be getting out for any reason! The governor is just grandstanding! there is no legal way to stop what is about to happen, and she knows it! While it is just getting into the news for us to know it. I am sure the Governor and a lot of other officials were aware this was going to happen before last week when the judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court!!! Ignoramus!

  • lumberman Oct 16, 3:14 p.m.

    Once again the crook wins. The victim is still in the ground cold as ice. The crook getting to walk away scott free. Where is the justice in that. The lawyers make the laws to serve the crook and their best interest.

  • LBOE Hits Oct 16, 3:00 p.m.

    Fighting in prison is no big deal, it's GOING to happen...guaranteed. But I don't think they should be released, not because of the in-prison infractions, but because of the crimes they commited to get into prison in the first place.

  • whatistheworldcomingto Oct 16, 3:00 p.m.

    So glad I have my concealed carry permit... :) Let 'em try anything with me--they'll be facing the business end of a Glock. And people have compared my trigger finger to that of Barney Fife...

  • mrr03 Oct 16, 2:46 p.m.

    256 infraction over what period ot time?

  • thinkbee Oct 16, 2:43 p.m.

    A few weeks ago they brought charges against the "Barrel Monster" artist. This week a school tried to supend a 6 year old for bringing his camping utensils to eat his lunch and wanted to send him to a reform school..... Now killers and rapists are being released for good behavior!!!!! Go figure! Who in God's name makes these rules?

  • Cristoforo Oct 16, 2:39 p.m.

    They better not be strutting their stuff in my neighborhood! +-(

  • BE Oct 16, 2:38 p.m.

    This is justice?? I am going to ask members of the court who are letting these people go to come and protect me and my family. When it is time to elect members of the court, I think there will be some changes.......and for good reason.

  • durham citizen Oct 16, 2:25 p.m.

    This is mad, what else can you say! Hope all the liberal no death penalty supporters are happy. Good news maybe they wiol visit you and your family.

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 16, 2:23 p.m.

    You better get them "in the act of breaking in" once their inside your home then they better be "armed" and your in fear for your life.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Oct 16, 2:21 p.m.

    Patrolman Guy Davis was shot and killed in Williamston when he stopped a vehicle he observed run a red light at the intersection of U.S. 17 and U.S. 64. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Davis, the vehicle contained three suspects, two men and a woman, who had just robbed a bank. When Patrolman Davis leaned down to speak with the driver he was shot in the face with a sawed-off shotgun. A doctor who witnessed the shooting and a responding Williamston officer attempted to save Patrolman Davis' life but was unsuccessful.

    The three suspects fled but were later apprehended as they hid in a bean field. The three suspects were sentenced to life in prison June 30, 1977. One of the male suspects died in prison January 4, 2001. The female suspect is to be released from prison October 29, 2009. Governor Beverly Purdue issued a statement that she will do everything she can to stop her release.

    Davis is survived by his wife and two children.

  • fishon Oct 16, 2:19 p.m.

    Better make sure the person is really in your home and not on the outside. That could make you be in trouble and charge with murder perhaps. THINK!
    NOT TRUE. If someone is attempting to break in and you are in fear for you life you can defend yourself by firing through the door or window.

  • Tax Man Oct 16, 2:18 p.m.

    All I know is that if someone breaks in my home I will shoot first and ask questions later!!! arljsl

    Better make sure the person is really in your home and not on the outside. That could make you be in trouble and charge with murder perhaps. THINK!

    This is why we really NEED the Castle Doctrine in NC - a victim should be able to resort to lethal force regardless if the criminal is in the home - just coming on your property to commit any crime should be sufficient to justify using lethal force to repel the bad guys! But, as the old saying goes, after you shoot the crook, drag him back in the house and call 911!

  • Deb1003 Oct 16, 2:18 p.m.

    256 infractions does NOT add up to good behavior! These criminals were initially sentenced to death. Obviously, for good reason. Keep them in prison...I'm sure the judge and/or lawyer wouldn't want them camping out in their front yard.

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 16, 2:18 p.m.

    These 20 could have a future in the Wake county public school system - they do such good background checks.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Oct 16, 2:13 p.m.

    I can't argue the law. If that's what it states, wrong as it is, then they can go. BUT...if it's 80 years, then why aren't they over 80 years old? Skip all the other good time things, and do the math. 80 years means 80 years. And I doubt they committed the crimes before the age of 10-20...so let them out when they're 90.

  • TooMuchGovt Oct 16, 2:11 p.m.

    Govt agencies in general do a very poor job and our so-called justice system is no exception. Criminals know that liberals in power just don't have the stomach to dish out real justice, so there is little fear of being punished. If you want protection from thugs, get a gun and learn how to use it; that's what the bad guys do.

  • sharah41 Oct 16, 2:10 p.m.

    Awesome, thanks aintbackingdwn...think I'll print it out, it'll make a great target!

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 16, 2:09 p.m.

    Only in Obama's America of change.
    aintbackingdwn

    What does this have to do with Obama? I am sure that no matter who is president, this would have happened.

  • jesmyopinion Oct 16, 2:05 p.m.

    Thank you WRAL for following this story. This is just another example of what a joke our NC court system is.

  • Professor Oct 16, 2:02 p.m.

    Many of these prisoner will not know how to cope in todays society. They have been gone from home a lone time ago. Who will teach and help them once they are out? Many did not hear from their families while in prison, many family will not have anything to do with them when the prisoners are out. Sad isn't it. So where will the released prioners go?

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 16, 2:00 p.m.

    http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/Appellate/Supreme/Biographies/Seating.asp

    Names and pics of your favorite NC supreme court justices resposible for this fiasco

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