Focus on unfortunate, not felons

By Jim Inman | Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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As a new subscriber to the Wise County Messenger, I am extremely disappointed by Brandon Evans’s story regarding repeat criminal Joey South.

Mr. South’s incarceration is completely of his own doing. I have no sympathy for him or his current wife who chose to marry a man whose “stripes” were evident. He is charged with stolen firearm possession, using stolen credit cards and numerous narcotics violations.

If there is anything evident, it is that this man cannot control his life, the people he associates with or his temptation to steal from honest, hardworking people.

Sure, it’s a shame that his children suffer, but what of the children of his victims? If Mr. South wants to see who is responsible for his family’s suffering, he only has to gaze into the mirror. Indeed, he made bad decisions. He’s a big, dangerous man who can terrorize when he is free and out of control.

Life in jail seems to agree with him. He is clean and able to engage in self-examination with a sober mind. He is an ideal citizen in jail because his life is structured in a way he could not do for himself.

Jails are full of people who make bad decisions. Criminals are jailed to protect the public from repeat offenders like Mr. South. I wish him only well and that he can gain enough self-control to become a productive member of society.

In the meantime, I wish the Messenger would spend more time giving us stories about people who are unfortunate due to no fault of their own. These are people who need a hand up rather than a handout. Especially at Christmas time, we need to hear more about them.

Had Mr. Evans’s story have been about the suffering of Mr. South’s family, I could surely be more sympathetic.

Jim Inman

15 Responses to “Focus on unfortunate, not felons”

  1. Well said, Mr Inman.

  2. Rusty White says:


    While I agree with much of what you wrote, sadly our jails are not just for those that deserve it! We have prisons for profit (people ranching) we have more people behind bars than any other country! Over 1/3 of these are those with “no victims or violence” in their supposed crimes.

    As long as we have laws that destroy families while creating second class citizens, and those with “unwarranted” life time criminal records! They will find ways of providing for their families and survive, which in turn keeps feeding “the system”! I worked death row and admin. seg. for many years, I have seen the animals that do belong behind bars! But I also seen those in maximum to minimum security that should have never been there, I have seen the children and families that visit and their pain.

    Those that make choice others have been “conditioned” to believe are wrong, should not be a means for “others” employment, self serving agendas or profits! Our prisons, jails, courts and enforcement are for those that harm others, are they not? By our own actions we are creating needless problems that we the tax payers have to carry the load, while families are being destroyed!

    THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY, help us find it!

    Rusty White
    Speaker for http://www.leap.cc

  3. I agree with Mr White. People farming is just what they are doing and Texas leads the way.

  4. Rusty White says:


    THANK YOU FOR THE HONESTY!!! Sadly we have let a ” minority” manipulate a fear mongering agenda in to our laws, for their self serving beliefs and agendas, FACT!! Families are being terrorized in their homes innocent citizens are being victimized and “killed” and NO accountability is being demanded, WHY????

    There was a time in this country when our justice system was for those that harmed others, sadly today our people are used for job security and profits, FACT!!! I “DARE” anyone to say their grandfather “for any reason” would accept a ” no knock” warranted being served on his loved ones, ANY TAKERS??? Yet we let our public servants violate homes while terrorizing elderly to infants, FOR WHAT???

    WE DESERVE THE ABUSE WE ACCEPT!!! We still control the “purse strings” without funding they can’t abuse as many!!! Next bond election or budget request VOTE NO!!! Has there “ever” been an audit of the money, vehicles, property taken from our citizens in Wise County where is it, NO!!!

    Remain silent, and those behind us will have NO FREEDOMS or JUSTICE, FACT!!!

  5. says:

    In response to Mr. White, I’d like to ask him to be more specific. His generalities about the justice system and prisons have so little detail that nobody can have a credible response. One minute he is discussing “people farming” and the next instant “no knock” warrants. He has no “facts,” just broad, sweeping accusations against the justice system. His agenda has little to do with the original letter and less to do with the realities of law-abiding citizens.

  6. Rusty White says:


    Here are some “documented” links, why is your name not posted?

    1. (World Prison Population Rates)
    “• The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 716 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by St Kitts & Nevis (714), Seychelles (709), U.S. Virgin Is. (539), Barbados (521), Cuba (510), Rwanda (492), Anguilla – U.K. (487), Belize (476), Russian Federation (475), British Virgin Is. (460) and Sint Maarten – Netherlands (458).
    “• However, more than half of countries and territories (54%) have rates below 150 per 100,000.
    “• The world population at the beginning of 2013 was about 7.1 billion (from United Nations figures); set against the world prison population of 10.2 million this produces a world prison population rate of 144 per 100,000 (155 per 100,000 if set against a world prison population of 11 million).”
    Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (Tenth Edition)” (Kings College, London, England: International Centre for Prison Studies, 2013), p. 1.

  7. Rusty White says:

    1. (World Prison Population) “More than 10.2 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world, mostly as pre-trial detainees/remand prisoners or as sentenced prisoners. Almost half of these are in the United States (2.24m), Russia (0.68m) or China (1.64m sentenced prisoners). In addition at least 650,000 are reported to be in pre-trial or ‘administrative’ detention in China and 150,000 in North Korea (D.P.R.K.); if these were included the world total would be more than 11 million.”
    Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (Tenth Edition)” (London, England: International Centre for Prison Studies, 2013), p. 1.

  8. Rusty White says:

    1. (International Incarceration Comparisons) “The U.S. incarcerates nearly 2.4 million people,13 including people held pretrial and those sentenced for an offense; if they were all in one state, it would be the 36th most populated, between New Mexico and Nevada.14 No other country in the world incarcerates as many people as the United States. China, a country of 1.3 billion people—about four times as many people as the U.S.15—is second, incarcerating 1.6 million people.16
    Petteruti, Amanda and Fenster, Jason, “Finding Direction: Expanding Criminal Justice Options by Considering Policies of Other Nations,” Justice Policy Institute (Washington, DC: April 2011), p. 10-11.

  9. Rusty White says:

    1. (Prison Growth) “The United States has adopted a set of criminal justice policies that has produced a tidal wave of imprisonment in this country. Between 1970 and 2005, the number of men, women, and children locked up in this country has grown by an historically unprecedented 700%. As a result, the United States locks up almost a quarter of the prisoners in the entire world. In fact, if all our prisoners were confined in one city, that city would be the fourth largest in the country.”
    Alexander, Elizabeth, “Michigan Breaks the Political Logjam: A New Model for Reducing Prison Populations,” American Civil Liberties Union (November 2009), p. 3.

  10. Rusty White says:

    1. (Militarization of Domestic Law Enforcement) “Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.
    “These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are “”””needlessly subjecting nonviolent””” drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the “””terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping”””, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.”
    Balko, Rodney, “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America,” Cato Institute (Washington, DC: 2006), p. 1.

  11. Rusty White says:


    I’ll have to disagree with your assumption that these facts to not relate to this story. Here are some more links you might want to educate yourself with!

    1. http://store.cato.org/reports/overkill-rise-paramilitary-police-raids-america
    2. http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/drug-war-victim/
    3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

    I did not even address the disgrace of prisons for profits yet, all you have to do is “GOOGLE” them and see the disgusting truth about “people ranching”!!! The disgusting truth is, our citizens are being turned it to “cattle” for “others” job security, profits and employment!

    You might want to check back issues to see where the DA and this “supposed” justice system in this county bragged in print about giving a citizen the “maximum” sentence for demanding his day in court, WHICH WAS THE CITIZENS RIGHT!!! It is a “well known fact” in this county if one does not accept the one side plea agreements, you will be made an “example” so others will not demand justice, how utterly disgusting is this TRUTH!!!

    I invite one and all to http://www.leap.cc, for those seeking the truth and an end to feeding upon our counties, state and nations citizens, while putting an end to the terrorizing and violating going on in our homes! We just lost “another” police office south of here and the citizen is now charged for murder, while defending his home!!! Is there “ANY AMOUNT” of drugs worth giving up our officers and citizens lives for, much less destroying families and giving up our Freedoms and Liberties? I SAY NO!!!

  12. Pete Bond says:

    Mr Inman,
    You are completely, and utterly correct. Every where you looked this year, in pretty much every school, you saw people doing things for less fortunate people, and they are certainly more deserving of space in our county paper than Joey South.

    I certainly hope that those that read this story had the sense to take his religious ramblings with a grain of salt. The fact is that he is there for a reason. Plain and simple. The fact is that he is a repeat offender. Plain and simple. And on a personal note, it sickens me to read his comments knowing he is quilty of the firearms charges he denies. How do I know you ask? They were my guns. I wonder if any of the other victims of Souths crimes heard from this reporter Evans?

    What it all boils down to in my opinion is a waste of space on a less deserving waste of space.

    Pete Bond

  13. Rusty White says:


    You have the right to be angry “because” you are a victim of this mans actions! “”IF”” we don’t openly discuss why and how this man turned in to a thief, there will be more victims, right?

    It could very well be he deserves to be behind bars, like I said I worked death row and maximum for a long time and have seen the animals that do belong in prison! “”BUT”” I have also seen those that had “no victims” suffer the same and at times more abuse be hind bars! If we continue to take “vengeance” against those and their families for supposed crimes that harm no others, we create more problems for all of us, do we not?

    These people with “life time” criminal records are not just going to disappear, they will find ways to feed their families, fact! Then due to our laws and enforcement those that did not have victims, become a part of the never ending “people ranching” system! We the tax payers “ALL” have to pay for this, even if we are not victims of the crimes!

    That is why I fight to end this known failure called the war on drugs! Not so people can do drugs, but to take away the abuse of those who harm no others, at the same time take away the “excuse” from those real criminals, that “claim” drugs made me do it!

    The reality is we have let a “minority” manipulate our laws in to self serving agendas and beliefs, that in the end we the tax payers have to pay for it all! From higher taxes for enforcement, courts, jails, prison, probation, at the same time caring for the families of those who have no victims that are in our “people ranching” system! Then after we have created those with no futures and become one of their victims, we want to lock them up for ever at the tax payers expense!!!

    When do we as citizens DEMAND an end to this never ending needless feeding upon ALL OF US???

    THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY, help us find it! http://www.leap.cc

  14. says:

    Mr. White you are correct. But like any small town you have a small town mentality, which comes from the ones that have been in the elected offices all their lives. We need to think outside the box and reelect men and women who have morals, character and will do the jobs they have been elected for. The main thing is to get out and vote – that is the only way we can make a change and correct all the wrong doing in our county.

    Peggy Owens

  15. Rusty White says:


    You are so right, I for one vote every chance I get! But we must also speak out because in this county only a few voices are being heard. We as tax payers can no longer accept or continue to support our resources and funds being wasted, while families are being destroyed! Our jails, enforcement, courts and prisons are for those who have “victims and violence” in their crimes, FACT!

    Sadly that is not the case in Wise County, we have a minority manipulating their personal beliefs and self serving agendas in to our “supposed” equal, fair and unbiased legal system. Sadly here and the rest of our country one can have as much Freedom, Liberty, and Justice as one can afford, how utterly pathetic and disgusting is this FACT!



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