Georgia`s Correction System Want A Convict Back After Thirty-three Years of Freedom
By: Tommy Elder, Jr.
In a unique twist of Crime and Punishment- Deborah Gavin will return to prison after thirty-three years of freedom. Josh Clark of Sunday Paper reports that on November 7, 2007- United States Marshalls arrested Ms. Gavin from Frankston, Texas on a Fugitive Warrant.
Back in 1974, the currently fifty-three year old Ms. Gavin fled from a Women Prison in Baldwin County, Georgia (USA). She received an initial sentence of seven years imprisonment for her conviction on an armed robbery charge in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Following five failures in attempted flinghts from prison- her sixth try proved successful. She apparently journeyed to the State of Texas. After thirty-years of freedom in the Southeastern Sector of the United States- she finally decided to settle down in the Southwestern State of Texas.
While living in Texas- Ms. Gavin met and married. Apparently, she successfully concealed her past from her husband. She bacame a Registered Nurse and initiated an engagement in the hobby of quilting.
Currently, the Correction System of Georgia caught up with her. Now she must give the State of Georgia the remaining six years of her original prison sentence.
On the Gavin Case- Todd Clear, a professor at the John Jay College of Justice in New York said to Sunday Paper from an email- `Nobody wants to be in a position of rewarding escapes that succeed so well. On the other hand, there seems to be little to gain in any societal sense by exacting the remaining penalty from her, and to do so seems, well, cold and hard.`
Interestly, Clark notes that a 2004 University of Georgia poll found that ``eighty percent of Georgians either completely or somewhat agreed with the statement that ` parole should be granted to inmates who have demonstrated that they have changed their ways.`
Tommy Elder, Jr., Post Office Box 663, Atlanta, Georgia 30301-0663 (USA)