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Will Someone Please Put Me on "Enhanced Probation?"

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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.

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Man With 30 Kids Needs Help With Child Support
I've been seeing this report over the last 4 days, and everyone is assuming there must be something wrong with this Desmond Hatchett to have so many kids that he cannot support. However, how do we know he has 30 kids? These stories are beginning to sound like racist rhetoric to make black men look bad. Where is the proof that he fathered all these children? Where are the paternity tests?

A man in his situation could not afford the cost of doing the paternity test, which he would have been required to pay for even when they come back negative, which they do 33% of the time. Worse, he likely did even attended any of the hearings, thinking they didn't care about his rights. It is just as possible that he is not the father of any of them. The same applies to the man serving time in Michigan for not paying $400,000 in child support.
http://dadshouseedctr.org/PaternityTesting

For 23 years I have volunteered my time working with divorced and single fathers, and know just how unlikely it is that at least some of the children are not his. The media needs to be demanding proof of it and not just spreading racist rumors.
http://dadshouseedctr.org/PaternityFraudsSilentVictims

George R. McCasland, National Mediator
Dads House Educational Center & Groups
http://DadsHouseEdCtr.org

Mr. McCasland:

Thank you for commenting.

"However, how do we know he has 30 kids?"

There is no indication I have been able to find that he even denies it. Indeed, he seems to be proud of it. While I understand that mere press reports can be unreliable, you have not furnished any specific information suggesting that this one is.

"These stories are beginning to sound like racist rhetoric to make black men look bad."

Any man of any race who has 30 kids he expects the taxpayers to support while he's out on his latest crime spree will get the same reaction from me.

As it happens, the rate of black illegitimacy substantially exceeds the rate of white illegitimacy, as you surely know. Is it racist to state that fact? What other facts is it racist to state? Should disparate impact facts be censored from public discussion?

"Where is the proof that he fathered all these children? Where are the paternity tests?"

To question the news story is not to provide any specifics actually suggesting that it is inaccurate. Do you have any?

"A man in his situation could not afford the cost of doing the paternity test..."

If you can't afford a paternity test, you can't afford to have even one child, much less 30. And what do you mean by the phrase, "in his situation..."? Do you mean his "situation" of being in jail for breaking his parole -- that being the latest item on his 14-page rap sheet. Does there ever come a point that society, or at least its tax-paying members, get to say, "Enough"?

"Worse, he likely did even attended any of the hearings, thinking they didn't care about his rights."

So an inveterate criminal and relentlessly carefree father gets to decide whether he attends court-ordered hearings depending on whether he thinks they "care about his rights?" Wow. Does everyone get to make that decision for himself? Because if they do, then courts have lost the authority to require attendance at court sessions. Where do you think that leads?

"It is just as possible that he is not the father of any of them. The same applies to the man serving time in Michigan for not paying $400,000 in child support."

The idea that the press would report, without contradiction from him or anyone, that he's the father of 30 kids when in fact he's the father of none, is so completely far-fetched that I doubt even you believe it.

I'm sure there are instances of false claims of paternity; to say that is just to announce a truism. But to say that this story is false based on not a single fact pertinent to it, and with the rote, weary charge of racism tossed in to boot, is merely an expression of attitude, not a serious criticism.

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