Yes that may be the idea, but surely years of experience of further crimes being committed by career criminals and murderers, the authorities would realise that some people just cannot be rehabilitated - to the detriment of law abiding citizens.
Nontek, didn't you raise a similar subject recently click here problem that some people might not consider, is that some criminal's become 'institutionalised', and eventually they never want to leave. And perhaps more so, if their lives have been rather easy and secure, and possibly defending them from the rat race outside?.
Doing a runner, would return the person back to prison, without all the pomp and expensive legal work, and the person having to perhaps commit further crimes, so as to return?.
I am not saying its the answer in this case, because each case is based on its own merit, but it might be worth considering though?.
One high profile case easily becomes 'so many cases' in the public mind.
There are around 2,000 lifers under parole supervision and around 5% a year get recalled to prison. That's less that 100 but it is believed that only around 20 or so of those are the result of a serious crime.
As with everything, the balance has to be struck. High security prisons are, obviously, more expensive to maintain so it becomes the old question of what has to be cut if you want to keep lifers away from open prisons and how much more harm results from those cuts?
It will always prove True, that Proved Murderers should be put down like a MAD DOG and its cheaper on t.he Taxpayer and populace. Anybody that says different should take the place of those left behind to suffer.