The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Friday, February 08, 2008

Open Door Policy

I've never been one to believe in a "Open Door Policy", allowing people to come and go as they see fit. I mean, I can understand why some places might have them- Churches have a special understanding that a persons need to be close to God might not always fall on a Sunday morning- a hospital would be shamed if they only accepted the injured and sick on a 9 to 5 basis- and lets not even start on the police department or firehouses. But, generally speaking- having open doors is not a good idea for most places. Especially, say... a jail.

Abel Morin was sentenced to life in prison for to five concurrent life terms for sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary in the rapes of a mother and daughter. However, he didn't plan on sticking around long enough to serve 24 hours, let alone the entire sentence:

A convicted rapist escaped from a South Texas jail by dashing through an unlocked door, just one day after he was sentenced to life in prison.

Abel Morin, 24, escaped from the Jim Hogg County Jail in Hebbronville late Tuesday while being moved between cells. He remained at large Friday.

On Monday, he was sentenced to five concurrent life terms for sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary in the rapes of a mother and daughter in Duval County. Just hours after deputies took Morin to Hebbronville, he escaped.

Jim Hogg County Sheriff Erasmo "Kiko" Alarcon acknowledged that at least one door at the jail was left unlocked, allowing Morin to run away.

Morin is described as very dangerous, and so police are actively looking for him. Hopefully- when they catch him, and bring him back to jail, they remember to lock the doors.