There was an article in the Sun-Times Wednesday about Shermain Miles, she of the 396 arrests. She's doing well in a structured environment (in this case, Logan Correctional Facility), which isn't really a surprise. It's when she's making her own decisions that she seems to get into trouble.
[Illinois Prisoner Review Board Chairman Adam] Monreal’s goal is to ensure Miles is accepted into a [mental health treatment] program straight out of prison. She has submitted applications for several programs, one in Rockford and one in a neighboring state where the woman’s sister lives.Everyone seems to be on the same page with this, including Ms. Miles's most famous victim:
But one option was denied: “I did not recommend that she is paroled back out to the same [Chicago] ward where she assaulted the alderman (James Cappleman),” Monreal said. “I said I would not approve of that.”
Reached by phone on Wednesday, Cappleman said Miles deserves a chance to succeed.A "productive manner" is the opposite of the way Ms. Miles has lived her life until now. Can we hope that intensive mental health treatment, possible proximity to her family, and banishment from the 46th Ward may combine to succeed where there has only been failure before, 396 times?
“I think Shermain exemplifies a problem that we see for the state of Illinois and that is a reason why we have a disproportionate amount of people in our prison system who have severe and chronic mental illness and ongoing alcohol and drug dependence,” Cappleman said. “It’s time we stop this revolving door of people going in and out of the prison system and get people the help they need so they can live their lives in a more productive manner.” Read the entire article here.