Police have made an arrest in the murder of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant (wife of music executive Clarence Avant), after she was shot during a home invasion in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Unfortunately, once again, the man arrested had a long criminal history, and was actually on parole at the time of the shooting. Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook described Maynor as “a parolee with an extensive criminal history. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he was most recently released to parole supervision on Sept. 1 after serving four years for second-degree robbery. He has previously served time for a separate robbery conviction and grand theft.”
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Recidivism continues to have fatal consequences. According to an article in Harvard Political Review, “Within three years of release, two out of three former prisoners are rearrested and more than 50% are incarcerated again.” These tragic stories continue to play out in the news, demanding attention. But is anyone listening? Shouldn’t more be done to protect the public from career criminals?
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