Tuesday, 24 February 2015
In the paper again...
I thought that I would at least have until July to pretend that Wes Devries didn't exist anymore but here he is popping up in the news again. I am not sure whether the lawsuit will result in changes made to the system but I can't imagine Wes suing the government if it didn't involve financial gain for himself. And maybe he should just use some of the money he scammed from people to buy himself some therapy sessions if he is interested in trying to become a better person. By his own admission to one of his victims he was proud that he has scammed over 1.3 million over the years. By my calculations he scammed over $40,000 just from April to August of 2013. And that is calculated just using the numbers from the people who were brave enough to come forward and press charges against him.
I wish there was a rehabilitation program for socioopaths but unfortunately there is no way to 'fix' that type of individual. And I don't think that means that we should ever give up on anyone but Wes has never seemed truly interested in becoming a better person according to anyone I have talked to that has known him. He is about the game. He has had plenty of opportunities to become a productive member of society and has never chosen to do so. One would hope that with children in the world that would be the ideal time to turn your life around and set a positive example for them but even that didn't make him change anything about his lieng, scamming ways. He said he didn't bother to apply for parole because he wasn't able to get into a program and thus show that he was interested in reforming himself. I believe that his motive for waiving his parole application was that he didn't want to be so closely monitored when he was out of prison. If he serves his full term until July 2015 he will be under less strict restrictions. Also, I think that he is hoping that people will forget about him by then and he can run whatever his new scam will be. It is way more interesting to him to try out new scams than to live a simple life of finding a regular job and living a regular life.
In my opinion the problem with our justice system is not that people like Wes don't get access to programs in prison in time for their release, but rather that people like Wes are not spending enough time in prison for their crimes. Even for this last conviction, he had 14 charges against him and if his sentence wasn't made concurrent it would have added up to a 37 year sentence and he would have spent about 12 in prison. That would be plenty of time for him to receive proper programs and therapy.
I hope that the courts don't see any merit in this particular case because I am sure it is just another scam by Hurricane Wes. I do think that there needs to be fair access to rehabilitation programs in prison but more important reform should be done on sentencing first.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments about Wes.