Man on the Edge: Does Jail Work?

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 Were you ever lucky enough as a kid to have a parent forget to punish you?  Rare, but it probably happened.  The same happened to a Missouri man who was convicted for bank robbery, but nobody ever took him to jail until his sentence was up.  That’s when they remembered.  But now, 13 years later, things have changed.

The story is a wild one.  Mike Anderson was convicted back in 2000 and told to wait for authorities to take him to jail for a 13-year-sentence.  And he did.  But they never came for him because of some kind of mix-up.  So in that time, he started a business, got married, had kids, and became a model citizen.  Eleven years later, the system realized the mistake and came for him so he could serve the entire sentence.  But because of the unique situation, the judge has released him.  

Compare his story to the more common ones we hear in Charlotte all the time.  People go to jail, get out, and become repeat offenders.  Or they go through the system, get some leniency with a monitor bracelet, and cut it off like the guy did this weekend.  By the way, that guy is still on the run, unlike our man in Missouri, who turned his life around.

Jail is supposed to punish and rehabilitate people, but does it really work?  Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, hit the Charlotte Fair at Metrolina to find out what you think…