By Linn Washington
The recent release of three inmates from prisons in Pennsylvania persons considered political prisoners by many worldwide is a poignant reminder of how the costs of injustice ravage not just those directly targeted for persecution but also the taxpayers who pay for that persecution.
The 40-years of unjust, revenge-driven imprisonment endured by this trio imposed incalculable emotional/physical costs on their lives. Further, that imprisonment cost Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars.
A vivid example of wasted tax revenue is the fact that while each member of this trio was eligible for parole in 2008, the Pennsylvania Parole Board employed specious excuses (persecution) to continue their expensive imprisonment until their release on parole in late Spring 2019.
That trio’s cost of incarceration for just that 11-year span between their parole eligibility and their actual parole release totaled more than $2-million, based on Pennsylvania Department of Corrections data for the per inmate/per year costs….
Consider that Pennsylvania Parole Board members once denied one member of this trio parole demanding that MOVE member take an anger management class despite the fact that this inmate had taken anger management classes, was certified as an anger management instructor and was conducting anger management classes for other inmates with the approval of prison authorities.
This trio is: Janet Africa, Janine Africa and Eddie Africa.