Desmond Hatchett, who recently made news by asking the taxpayers to help him out with court-ordered child support for his 30 -- that's THIRTY -- kids, did not have a record likely to inspire confidence in his sense of responsibility. Indeed, according to one report, he has a "very long and serious criminal history" that includes "multiple assaults, multiple thefts, aggravated assault, multiple evading arrests, and several driving assaults," according to a probation violation report. He has also been collared on narcotics charges and has shown "contempt for the rules of probation and of the court." In fact, his rap sheet runs 14 pages.
But not to worry. It's not like our "draconian" criminal justice system thought that a 14-page rap sheet might merit keeping a fellow in jail for his assigned sentence. Instead,
Hatchett had been sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated assault, but had the majority of that term suspended in lieu of "enhanced probation." He quickly violated his probation terms by getting arrested for domestic violence, violating curfew, and lying about his whereabouts to his probation officer.
We're constantly being lectured about how we need to save on costs by putting criminals on probation instead of in the slammer. One has to wonder how much the taxpayers saved by having the ever-active Mr. Hatchett out on "enhanced probation."
It sort of reminds you of "Animal House's" double secret probation, and with about the same impact on the probationer's social life.