CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.
No family or friends of Unbehaun attended Thursday's hearing in Chicago.
"His first words were, 'I just want to go home," that same attorney, Richard McLeese, told the court Thursday.
For a few minutes, McLeese had thought Unbehaun was saying he hoped to get bond. Then he realized Unbehaun was asking to go to prison. It was as if, McLeese said, a patient had asked his doctor to help him have a stroke.
As the hearing ended, Unbehaun requested that he be sent to FCI Greenville prison in southern Illinois, walking Judge Coleman through the various benefits of the facility, including good work programs.
Coleman agreed to recommend that prison. She then shook her head.
"It's sad," she said, "to have a defendant who knows the facilities and knows which ones to go to."
The Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) is a set of symptoms that are present in many currently incarcerated and recently released prisoners that are caused by being subjected to prolonged incarceration in environments of punishment with few opportunities for education, job training, or rehabilitation. The symptoms are most severe in prisoners subjected to prolonged solitary confinement and severe institutional abuse.
"My crime is bad, there ain't no doubt," he said calmly. "I just wanna be like everybody else."
…being subjected to prolonged incarceration in environments of punishment with few opportunities for education, job training, or rehabilitation. The symptoms are most severe in prisoners subjected to prolonged solitary confinement and severe institutional abuse. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
…various benefits…including good work programs."
originally posted by: Dianec
It seems as if he identifies best with the institutionalized way of life so as long as he is comfortable. I'm sure there are a whole lot like him, who get out and lead harsh lives on the outside. Society isn't kind to ex cons.
Charles Manson is the poster child for what a bad childhood plus institutionalizations can do to a person at the worst end. On another scale an 18 year old gets 10 years for doing something stupid and is marked for life. The brain doesn't fully develop until 23/25 years of age so who came up with the number 18 anyway. I guess its the best the justice system can do since nothing has changed.
originally posted by: tencap77
a reply to: totallackey
74 yrs old? Spent most of his life in prison? Has a hard time functioning on the "outside"? I'm pretty sure if this guy spent a large amount of time in prison, he has been afforded enough opportunities to avail himself of a degree or trade that would "allow" him to re-enter society as a "productive" (TAX-PAYING!) individual. I would suppose we spend more money on "re-habilitating" repeat offenders than we do on our honored vets that are leaving the service! Also, he robbed a bank. You do the time if you do the crime (unless you've been elected to public office, then all you have to do is find a pen and a phone and make up a law that makes you "not" guilty again.) This guy is were he belongs. AT least he's honest about that. And he punched his OWN ticket! Case closed.