2nd Chance Pt. 3

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

House Bill 199 would provide you with the addresses and names of convicted murderers in your area.

Murderers like Carl Allen, an inmate at The Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.
In 1997, he shot and killed his friend in a gang-related murder.

Allen is up for parole in three years, if he gets out then, his name would be added to that list.

The registry would be just another way to hold someone like Carl Allen accountable after they're paroled.

Statistics show parole for convicted felons is proving to be ineffective.

According to The Kentucky Department of Corrections, inmates who get out on parole are far more likely to re-offend, than those who serve their entire sentence.

This statistic shows the number of supervised and unsupervised felons released from prison is almost split in half.

If Carl Allen gets out on parole and if House Bill 199 goes into effect, you'd be able to access a site that would let you know if someone like him lives in your neighborhood.

"If the shoe were on the other foot, if there was any sex offenders or murderers around me or my kids I would want to know too."

But, Carl doesn't want a registry to affect his chances of getting a stable job.

The State Penitentiary's counselor will be working with Carl before his release.

Skyla Greif says she tries to separate the crime from the person, and that's what employers should do.

"I don't think the job dictates the crime; it's the stigma that you've been locked up in prison."

State Representative Rob Wilkey supports House Bill 199. He doesn't think there's been an issue with the sex offender registry hurting anyone's chances of getting a job, so he doesn't expect there to be a problem with a convicted murderer web site.

"I don't care what kind of job you're going for; one of the first questions is, are you a convicted felon?

"I'm not trying to hide anything I understand I made a mistake; if they want to know, they can know it." Carl says he's fine with his name being associated with his crime.

The bill isn't a tool for the community to harass or to ostracize someone; it’s simply to take precaution.

"You might lock your doors; keep a closer eye on your children."

"If you live in Bowling Green, Franklin, Scottsville or Russellville, you think, are there any murderers that live in my city/neighborhood; who are they?" And if so, will they be like Carl who says he's changed.

"I want them to know I'm not the person they portray me to be; I know I took a life. I'm no monster; I'm human. That’s not the person I'm gonna be when I leave this place."

You can contact your local lawmaker or state representative to express your opinion for or against having a convicted murderer web site. Keep in mind it would register a felon for 10 years after they've been paroled.

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