When the courts turn predators out amongst us, the government is turning the wolves loose to watch over the sheep. ~ ME
I watched a news show on TV last night where a man who had to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings to live in the halfway houses he lived in. While living there he used the AA meeting as a meat market. He had a long history of violence against women among other crimes. As do others who prey on women because they think the women at these meetings have low self esteem and are easy pickings.
There, at a meeting he chose what he considered a vulnerable prey, he picked her out, convinced her he cared about her, moved in with her and then beat her to death. The story went on about many violent criminals are sentenced by the court to attend AA or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. They have to get someone at the meeting to sign off that they attended a meeting on this date at this time.
The culprit in this story was sentenced to 26 years to life for killing his victim. The victim’s parents decided that was not enough because they felt Alcoholics Anonymous should warn people when there are violent criminals amongst them.
I think the victim’s family has their anger misdirected. AA did not tell this individual to attend meetings. AA did not sentence other criminals to attend AA or NA meetings. It is usually the criminal justice system, or in this case a halfway house (which was not identified as either a private house or a halfway house run by a judicial district), that mandated the meetings.
AA is also known for the attendee’s ability to stay as anonymous as they wish. From the time of its inception by Bill W. many think that alcoholics are somewhat lesser people, and therefore allowing people to remain as anonymous as they want alleviates that stigma.
If the family wants to put their attention to the cause for change, they need to sue the justice department and the halfway houses that turn predators out to prey on those who need help.