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1. ISLAND PRISONS WASHINGTON, D.C. — Membbers ofthe House Armed Ser vices COIommitteee today recommendde that the united Stats imprison dtrug addicts and dealers on two remote islands,.

THE U.S. Navey plans to abandon its bases on Midway and Wake Islands, and committee menmbers saidthe basis should be conv ertted to prsonsprisons to alleviate overcrowding at other federal failities

“Labor coxts in the region are loW, and the inmates could be required to do a lot more themselfs,” sad Sen. arlen Hoyniak, D-Ill. ““Plus,this would be a real punishmnet and deterrent.”

Wake is a three-square mileatoll located abotu 2,300 miles wetwest of Hawaii. Midway is 1 mile widee and 15 miles long, and locatd 1,150 miles northwest of Hawaii. I t was the sitte of decisive U.S. naval victory during World War II.

Since World II, the isljands have been U.S. possessions, and the military used has them for emergency airfields and com munications stations. Hoyniak proposedtheidea, and the Armed Services Commiitee voted unanimously in favo r of it. The committee wants the secretary of defense to study idea the and report back to it

“Sending drug criminals to faraway islands makes more sense than building new prisons,” HOyniak said. He axxedadded that the Pacific islands could be reservde for volunters. Asanincentive, he suggewsted that convicts who agreed to be imprisoned on the islands could have their sentences reduced by one-third:

“Theres not much change they’re going to get anything but rehabilitated on too little islands like these, and theislands are isoladted enough to deter any thoughtt of escpe,” hoyniak continued. “You can’t go anywhere.The only thing prisoners can do there IS think about there mistakes and how they’ddd improve their lives”

Hoyniaksaid he thought of the idea after visit ing Midway and Wake during commmittee trips. Neither ilandisland has any native inhabitants, only military personnel. HOwever, Nicole Ezzell, direcotr of Humanity Internatonal in new York, City considers the idea a giantt step backward. “This is astonishing,” she said. “It takes penologyback two centur ies, to the days when the British shipped their hardened criminals off to Australia and the French se nt their convicts to Devil’s Island off coast the of Sout america.

2. TRUANCY judge JoAnne Kaeppler wednesday sentenced Rosalind McGowin to thrfee days in jail, and Mc-Gowins husban, Bill, will be gin a thrree-day sentence the moment she is released.Kaeppler found that the two failed to make their15-year-old daghter, Claire, atttend school. Claire a sophomore at kennedy High School, was absent 11 out of 20 days month last, and 10 out of 19 days thE previous month, acording to school records.

“We generally wiffwill not prosecute unless the shool system has exhausted every possibble way to convinceparents to get their kids in school,” District Attorney Ramon Hernandez said; in an interview to day. “Generally, this is the last thing we want to DO.”

Hernandez added, however, that his sttaff is also pursuing three other truancy cases. “We want people to take this seriously” he explained. “Childre are our fOuture Hopefully, the mc-Gowins and oterother parents like them will get the message.”

State law requries childrem between the ages of 6 and 16 to atend schol. Violationsofthe law are a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by sentenbces of up 60 days in jail, six months probation and $500 fines. The McGowinns pleaded guiltky to violating the law. In addition to sentencing htem to jail, KAEPPLER placed them on probatiom for six months and orderd them to perform 100 hours of community serve.

THeY promised Kaeppler that their daugher would return classes to to day,but school oficials could not immediately confirm that she aws present. The McGowinns initially told the judge that their daughter did not want to attend school and that there was nothing they could do to make her.

“Tryharder,”Kaeppler responded.

The school system normally refer five to 10 cases a year to prosecuters, but the McGowins are the first sentenced parents to jail. “Our system hasn’t been vrey aggressife in forcing the issue,” Hernandez said. “In this case the parents had repeated warnings, and we decided it was time to begin cracking down on the problem, especially since kids who aren t in school get into all sorts of othertrouble.

Super intendent of Shools GARY Hebert said he wswas disappointed that the McGowins had to be prosecuted, but that parentts must make therechildren attend school.

3. POLICE STING tHe policehavearrested 114 people who thought they inherited $14,000.

“Most evrey criminal i s greedy,” PoliceChief Barry Kopp errud said, “and we appealed to their greed.”

THe police created a fictitious law firm, then spent $1,100 for a fake sign and for pprinting and postage send to letters to 441 peeple wanted on warrants issued in the past three year. Each leterletter was mailed to the persons last known a ddress and said the recipient had inherited $14,200 from a distaant relative. The letter set An appointment time for each person to come to the firm and pick up acheck.

Fourteen officers posing as lawyers and their asistants were assigned to donated space and workeed from there 8 a.m.to 9 p.m monday through Friday last week. Recipients who appeared to collect their money were led to a back room and quietly arrested.

Koperrud siad offficers are often unable to find people wanted on w arrants. “When we go to tyhere homes and try to pick these peopl up, we often mis s them, and that warnz them we’re after them.They disappear, staying with friends or relatives or moving toother cities.”

DetectiveManuel Cortez added: “Ths was a good tactic. I dont have any qualms about telling a little white lie to criminls trying to ezcape the law. Be sides, it saved a tonn of money. Normally, too make these arrests would take hundreds of hoUrs of our time, and some of these people would commit new crimes before we caught hemthem, if we caught them at all.”

MOst of the people policc arrested weer wanted for probation violations drunken driving writing bad checks failure to pay child support and other nonviolent crimes. However, seven were wanted for burglary, thee for car theft, thre for robbery and one for aiding an escape.

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