To continue to relate my family's recent tragedy to manufacturing, I've been thinking about the parallels between the release of a violent predator back into public, and the release of a deadly product. Conceptually, mistakes in the parole system probably tracks more closely to defects in rework (or maybe even warranty issues) but, the point is, these types of defects happen in all types of systems.
My family happens to have caught a bad break in that one of these defects proved fatal to my cousin Esme. We're hoping that the Hamilton County Prosecutor is able to permanently consign him to the scrap bin. However, this all has got me thinking: how often do these defects happen? And is there anything I can do, as a stakeholder in this process, to help bring that number down and prevent another family from having this same experience?
So, I haven't been posting recently because I've been talking to politicians and the media and coordinating my family's efforts to reform Ohio's parole system. In the meantime, since this is a national platform, I'd like to just put this fact out there -- 14 of 50 states have abolished parole for violent offenders under what is known as truth-in-sentencing guidelines. Ohio is not one of them, and we're working to change that here.
Is your state on the right, or wrong, side of that question?
(Note: I also wanted to let everyone know about project that Esme's older sister, who does relief work in Myanmar, is coordinating to build a school in Esme's name. The link for information is here; the link for donations is here.)