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    SAN FRANCISCO / Oversight rules violated with parolee accused in stabbing


    An apparently disturbed parolee accused of stabbing a 14-year-old girl in a San Francisco bakery the day after he was freed from solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison should have been released to Southern California and closely supervised when he got there, prison officials said Friday.
    Instead, 26-year-old Scott Chris Thomas wasn't supervised at all after he was dropped off at the San Rafael bus station, officials said. They said the prison had violated policies against releasing inmates directly from solitary confinement with no oversight when they turned Thomas loose the night of May 18.
    The prison's warden, Robert Ayers, is "extremely disconsolate" over the way Thomas was freed, said Lt. Eric Messick, a spokesman for San Quentin. He said the prison was investigating the case "so it never happens again."
    "It's just tragic," Messick said.
    Thomas, who has been in and out of prison repeatedly since 2001 for violating his parole, was classified as requiring "high-control parole supervision" and should first have been transferred from San Quentin to a jail in Los Angeles County, Messick said. That was where Thomas, originally from Van Nuys, had been convicted of crimes including grand theft, car theft, petty theft and vandalism.
    A parole agent should then have picked up Thomas at the jail, Messick said.
    Instead, he said, Thomas was driven with other San Quentin prisoners at about 5 p.m. May 18 to the bus station in downtown San Rafael and released.
    Thomas had actually been scheduled to be taken to the bus station that morning, but another mistake was made, Messick said. Alameda County authorities picked him up at the prison believing they had a warrant for his arrest. When they discovered they had the wrong man, they brought him back.
    The afternoon of May 19, San Francisco police say, Thomas walked into Creighton's Bakery on Portola Drive with a hunting knife and repeatedly stabbed the 14-year-old girl, whom he did not know. Authorities say she survived only because the CEO of San Mateo Medical Center, a former emergency room doctor, happened to walk into the shop and applied pressure to stop the bleeding from her neck.
    A man who tried to intervene during the attack also was stabbed but was not badly hurt.
    A sheriff's deputy who arrested Thomas on the street near the bakery wrote in an incident report: "The suspect started mumbling out loud, 'I just got out of Quentin' and 'I'm taking on the world.' The suspect then started singing incoherently."
    Thomas was charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of child endangerment and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He has been under psychiatric observation at San Francisco General Hospital.
    "Public safety is our primary objective, and the parole process is something we take very seriously," Ayers said in a statement. "This institution paroles an average of 400 to 500 inmates every month, and it appears a procedural error (in Thomas' case) may have been made."
    Messick said earlier that Thomas had been a "management problem" for the state prison system and had been accused of serious violations of prison rules at least 10 times. He was in solitary confinement for battering a guard at North Kern State Prison in Delano (Kern County) in March 2006, Messick said. Thomas had been in the prison system's mental health program in the past but was clear of psychological issues during his most recent term behind bars, Messick said.

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    Well, since the hard-liners don't believe in rehabilitation or treatment of any kind for prisoners because it's "coddling," it's no surprise that they get out as violent, or more violent (or mentally ill) than when they went in.

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    ^^Agreed.
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