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Freed inmate refuses to leave jail...

Art Vandelay

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/10/21/germany.prisoner.reut/index.html

BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- A 59-year-old German man who has spent the last 34 years in jail has turned down offers to be let out, an official said on Saturday.

"He rejected an offer to leave in 1992," Thomas Melzer, a spokesman for the Brandenburg state justice ministry, told Bild newspaper. "We can't do anything if someone sentenced to life in prison doesn't want to leave."

The man, identified only as Gerold H, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1972 when the area was part of communist East Germany.

German prisoners have no obligation to agree to leave jail before their sentences have been completed.

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yankeesfan

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Reminds me of Brooks from Shawshank Redemption and how unhappy he was when he was released.
 

isekii

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It kinda makes sense.
What is the guy gonna do at the age of 59 coming out of Jail. Unless he has family or what not.

Similar situation as the Shawshank Redemption.

 

OREOSpeedwagon

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Originally posted by: yankeesfan
Reminds me of Brooks from Shawshank Redemption and how unhappy he was when he was released.
Was going to say the same thing. That's one of the few times I've ever teared up during a movie :(
 

RaistlinZ

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Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
 

SarcasticDwarf

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
Actually, it does. The fact that the man doesn't want to leave means that the system has failed. We are therefore liable to take care of him. Also note that his sentence was not completely served yet.
 

Art Vandelay

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
His sentence is not over. They are offering to let him go but he refuses.
 

Lonyo

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
German prisoners have no obligation to agree to leave jail before their sentences have been completed.
Way to read the article!
 

BobDaMenkey

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These walls are funny. First you hate them. Then you get used to them. Then you grow to depend on them.
 

Pepsi90919

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
he was sentenced to a LIFE SENTENCE. period.
 

Slacker

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Originally posted by: BobDaMenkey
These walls are funny. First you hate them. Then you get used to them. Then you grow to depend on them.
?40 years i?ve been asking for permission to piss.. i cant sqeeze a drop without say so..?

 

DaiShan

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Originally posted by: SarcasticDwarf
Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
Actually, it does. The fact that the man doesn't want to leave means that the system has failed. We are therefore liable to take care of him. Also note that his sentence was not completely served yet.
You live in Germany? I'm only asking because you said that "We are liable to take care of him." If you don't live in Germany it is none of your concern.
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
hmm i know! maybe because if you read the article (wich you did not) you would know he has a LIFE SENTANCE. they are just ofering to let him out early.



i can't say i disagree with the guy. he was around 25 when he went in for life. hell he spent more time in jail then he has out. What is a 59 yr old who spent most of his life in jail going to do?
 

Jeff7

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Originally posted by: RaistlinZ
Why don't they just kick him out? Just because he doesn't want to leave does that mean taxpayers should keeping paying to keep him locked up? :roll:
They were planning on doing that anyway when he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
 

Ricemarine

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Originally posted by: MrFire8808
<shawshank redemption>
He's institutionalized
</shawshank redemption>
Exactly...
I still remember that old guy that wanted to be back in jail... So he suicided :(...
 

mercanucaribe

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Originally posted by: isekii
It kinda makes sense.
What is the guy gonna do at the age of 59 coming out of Jail. Unless he has family or what not.

Similar situation as the Shawshank Redemption.
He could have gotten out 14 years ago, at the age of 45.
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: mercanucaribe
Originally posted by: isekii
It kinda makes sense.
What is the guy gonna do at the age of 59 coming out of Jail. Unless he has family or what not.

Similar situation as the Shawshank Redemption.
He could have gotten out 14 years ago, at the age of 45.
still evne at that point he spent nearly half his life in prison. what skills does he have besides not dropping the soap?
 

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