Furlough decision questioned by reader

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dear Editor:

I imagine the newly formed Barry-Lawrence County Crime Stoppers will have plenty of work to do so long as convicted violent felons are being given weekend furloughs ("Man is area's most wanted, Dec. 19, 2007). Let's see, Kevin E. Carey pleaded guilty to assault and armed criminal action and was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison. Presumably, he was awaiting transfer from the Lawrence County Jail to the state prison system when he was granted a furlough Dec. 7. Is anyone surprised he didn't return?

I wonder under what state law, regulation, procedure or rule convicted felons are allowed to walk away from jail within days of sentencing? Any such law, regulation, procedure or rule needs to be changed immediately so that the apparently not too intelligent individual who thought Mr. Carey was a good prospect for furlough can be prevented in the future from allowing violent offenders even a minute of post-conviction freedom.


Kelso E. Sturgeon III

Cassville, Missouri