Note: I am taking an undetermined hiatus from blogging to focus on God ( I was reminded at church today that I have not been putting Him first as I know I should), me and J. It’s been a great time and I will miss all of you. Thanks for reading and commenting… thank you for enlightening me and I only pray that I have touched someone in some way!!!!!! Love you all.
When my mother first called me and told me about the praying robber, I will admit. I laughed. I thought he was foolish and I couldn’t think of any reason that would drive a person to get to that point. But after I saw his interview on Oprah (albeit just a piece of it), it added humanness to his situation. See an excerpt on her site here.
To sum up the situation, he needed money for his family. He hadn’t had a job in months and he felt like they were going to be homeless. He robbed a cashier at gunpoint but when she starting praying, he fell to his knees and bowed his head and cried with her.
Even retelling that story brings tears to my eyes, but they are not falling, I’m too gangsta for that. 😉
The young man’s mother saw him on television as the robber and demanded that he turned himself in. He is now in jail.
If you were the judge, how would you convict this man? I know people have sad circumstances all day and do not go to the extent that he did, armed robbery, but something about this man, and his immediate regret, will not allow me to want to send him to jail. It really hurts my heart to know that some people feel like they have to rob as a last resort.
One of my criminal justice classes this semester is called CORRECTIONS, and prior to now, I really could care less what a prisoner had to face in jail. You do the crime, you do the time.. short and simple. But really- it’s not that simple. After reading one of our assigned books, “Life Without Parole: Living in Prison Today,” by Victor Hassine (who himself was a former law student, sentenced to life in prison), I was enlightened even more. These men in prison face far more danger inside than they ever did outside. They face daily dangers of being raped or killed and cannot even count on their corrections officers to help – for they are also trying not to be killed.
I don’t have the heart to sentence the “praying robber” to prison, where he would be susceptible, just because he was trying to take care of his family… What would you do?