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Don't Jail, Go Grail! Criminal BEGS to be sent back to Prison; whines: 'Alternative Sentence' of Monastry Life is "Too Hard!"

H/T: Tom Woods

A cheaper, and more spiritual option, than the current corporatist private prison-paradigm:

Criminal serving his sentence with monks pleads to be sent back to prison... because monastery life is too hard
Thief David Catalano found living with Capuchin monks at a Santa Maria degli Angeli community in Sicily tough

By Nick Pisa
UPDATED: 11:40 EST, 3 January 2012

A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough.

Thief David Catalano, 31, was sent to a Santa Maria degli Angeli community run by Capuchin monks in Sicily last November.

But he found their austere lifetstyle too tough to handle and soon escaped. After a short while on the run he was caught by police and sent back.


Austere existence: A convicted criminal serving out his sentence in a Sicilian monastery run by Capuchin monks has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life there was too tough (file picture)

On Monday he fled for the second time in six weeks, only to swiftly turn himself in at a police station and beg officers to send him back to jail in the nearby town of Nicosia.

UPDATE 1: One of the few times in which a program at an American prison system succeeded in at least putting the incarcerated on a possible path to redemption, via a truly introspective personal journey.


The Dhamma Brothers (2007 Documentary)

http://youtu.be/Ikr3kdMJ0BE

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He has learned nothing

As was the case when he was a thief, he still thinks he is the only person in the world that matters. It is sad that he has not and will not correct his mind and spirit.

yup: agree with your assessment; as most here know,

there's nothing 'rehabilitating' about prison, but a Criminal University; if you were a nobody in the underworld before, you learn how the 'pros' do it and did it, what's more, now your networks and prospects of new 'franchises' just opened up.

which is why when the more introspective connection is made, that's the only rare time in which some path toward a true rehabilitation maybe possible. an awesome evidence, you may find interesting:

The Dhamma Brothers (2007 Documentary)

http://youtu.be/Ikr3kdMJ0BE

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Shame

Sounds like he willfully missed what could have been a really good opportunity with the right state of mind.

truly,

criminals, the only 'group' other than govt, whose mantra/raison d'être is "fail upwards" by repeating the same mistakes, expecting different results.

oh wait: most often times, the govt terrorists ARE criminals!

"Govt Criminal" = rhetorically double redundant, I know. but y'all get the gist!

LOL

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

That brought a smile to my face

Thanks :) I like the look of that particular form of punishment. I don't think it could happen here, thanks to the ill-understood separation of church and state reaction people would have, but I still think it's better than prison-time.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

absolutely: "...but I still think it's better than prison-time."

yup.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul