AFTER reading Marina Sarris' "State is probing Thanos' early release from prison" (Evening Sun, Sept. 19), I realized once again how people are casting a short-sighted view on a very serious problem.
John Thanos spent about 25 years in prison, over half of his life, and when he gets released, he is accused of going on a spree of senseless crimes. Like most people, I, too, have a problem with a deranged individual running around committing senseless murders. However, in my mind the question isn't why Thanos wasn't incarcerated a few extra months. It's this: What type of system do we have that continuously turns out deranged killers and rapists?
It seems as if a very large portion of the individuals who are released from our prisons choose to commit more crimes. About 75 percent eventually return to prison. This is a clear indication that someone has dropped the ball. Under the current system, very few people incarcerated are rehabilitated prior to their release. Something has to be done immediately to improve the rehabilitation programs inside our prison system.