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Posted by: McQ on Sunday, February 10, 2008

Need a little help "getting back on your feet?" Well, I'm not sure this is the best approach:
A man who pleaded guilty to unarmed robbery faced no more than a year in the county jail but asked to be sent to prison instead to help his chances of rehabilitation.

Michael Thomas Isaacson got what he wanted on Thursday when a judge sentenced him to 17 months to 15 years in state prison, with a recommendation for a psychological evaluation and counseling.

Isaacson told Judge Timothy P. Pickard he believes programs available in state prisons will help him "get back on my feet," while a year in the county jail would leave his situation the same as when he was arrested.
OK, we all know he won't serve even the minimum if he behaves himself. I wonder if we can expect him to act up in prison if he isn't satisfied with his progress at the time of his proposed release? Seems a funny way to rehab one's self.
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A kid I went to school with did something similar except that he turned himself in for possession because he didn’t have a place to stay. Which I think is probably a simplified version, because a person has to be really overwhelmed and unable to cope if they can’t even find a couch to crash on and that county jail seems like the best alternative.
Written By: Synova
Plus, County jail is "hard" time. You can see your friends and see who your girl friend is "dating". It’s like being at home with no control over what happens. It’s tough. GenPop Medium, however, is easier, in that regard. You’re not at "home" and you don’t get reminded of home. Example, it’s like being forced to speak Spanish or Lithuanian at home, when no one else does or being in Madrid or Vilnius. If you’ve got to struggle with something better in that other environment.

Finally the state system probably does offer more programs than the county detention centre, AA, Distance Learning, Psych Counseling, other Gang members, OJT for various crimes and scams....all-in-all Medium Security is a better deal than county time, more street cred, more extra-curriculars, and a whole lot fewer outside distractions.

Don’t ask me how I know, otherwise I’ll have to come show you my prison "tat’s" in the shower and that won’t be fun......
Written By: Joe
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Three hots and a cot vs. bologna sandwiches?
Written By: Uncle Pinky
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wait a sec, wasn’t that the same judge that put a convicted child molester on probation?
Written By: Joel C.
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Yeah, I think it has less to do with rehabilitation and more to do with the appalling conditions in county. 17 months in the penn is better than 12 months in county.
Written By: Phelps

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