CHICAGO- It seems like the spoils of prison reform are at it again, with this instance having allegedly taken the life of a young student with her whole life ahead of her.

A man has allegedly confessed to the murder of a young female student who was enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The man alleged to have been responsible stated that he strangled her because he was angry she’d not paid attention to him, prosecutors say. What’s worse, was that he was on parole after having been released two years into a six-year prison sentence.

The young student, Ruth George, 19, was found dead over the weekend in her family’s car in a parking garage on campus. Her body simply being discarded in a backseat by the murderer, after having the life violently choked out of her.

When there was a period of no responses from the young university student despite multiple attempts at outreach, her family reported her missing to the campus police on the university this past Saturday.

Police were then able to track the woman’s cell phone to the parking garage near the school’s library, UIC Police Chief Kevin Booker said. When police arrived on scene, they found her unresponsive in the back seat.

The suspect in the case, Donald D. Thurman, 26, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault, Booker said.

It seems that Thurman has no ties to the university whatsoever, and it’s unclear whether he has an attorney at the moment either.

All that can be determined was based upon video surveillance obtained via the investigation and also the information provided by the suspect who had allegedly confessed to her death being at his hands.

The Cook County assistant state’s attorney James Murphy detailed what has been gathered so far with regard to the suspect’s motives in the case, saying:

“The defendant was angry that he was being ignored. The defendant came up behind the victim, grabbed her around the neck from behind, and put her into a choke hold. With his arms still wrapped around the victim’s neck, the defendant dragged the victim from the ground and he opened her back-seat car door.”

Thurman was released from prison in December last year after serving time for armed robbery, campus police said.

He was sentenced to six years, but only served two of the original sentence and was placed on parole. Clearly two years wasn’t enough time for any sort of rehabilitation if Thurman is indeed guilty of the heinous murder.

George’s friends called Ruth George “Ruthie.”

She had a bright future ahead of her as she was an honors student, and wanted to become a physical therapist to heal people, according to UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis.

When George’s family reported her missing, the sophomore had not been heard from since the previous night which prompted the search for the young woman, according to Booker.

During the onset of the investigation, campus police retrieved some video footage from university cameras and had noticed a man walking behind her at 1:34 a.m. on Saturday last week.

According to the video that aided in the investigation, a minute later at approximately 1:35 am, she entered the garage on foot, followed by the man, police noted.

About half an hour later, the man could be seen leaving the garage. Police reviewed video footage from the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago police cameras to determine his travel patterns, authorities said.

Detectives who were watching the train station saw a person matching the description of the attacker just this past Sunday. A statement from the campus police stated:

“The offender was taken into custody and subsequently gave a full confession to this horrific crime at approximately 3:20 p.m. on the same day.”

As of this time, the judge has remanded the suspect into custody without bail.

Ironically, the story comes in the same week that university students called to shut down every prison in America.

These college students want to shut down prisons across the country… in the name of “justice”.

Students at the Ivy League school Brown University apparently want to get rid of prison time as a means for punishment or incarceration. 

A group called “RailRoad” is behind the growing number of students pushing for an overhaul to the country’s current criminal justice system.

“The end goal is to not have prisons as any form of incarceration,” student Grace Austin, a member of the group called RailRoad, according to a report from WND.

The reason behind the call to abolish correctional facilities?

It doesn’t help offenders to grow as individuals.

“Punishment at any stage doesn’t guarantee any kind of growth,” she said.

 

Another student in the group says that prisons don’t provide justice, but rather just dole out punishment. And they say it’s minority groups who are suffering because of it.

“Prisons were founded in the ideas of punishing the poor, punishing people of color,” student Aida Sherif said. “I don’t see it as an institution that can ever fully break away from those foundations.”

And now they’re pushing for their ideas to become reality. 

The group’s Facebook page says that RailRoad’s goal “is a world where the Prison Industrial Complex in all of its forms has been destroyed and built in its place are systems of accountability that allow for healing and growth.”

But, let’s be real for a moment.

How does the family of a murdered victim feel after seeing the convicted killer goes free – and better yet, gets to go through “rehabilitation” treatment centers that’s paid for with taxpayer money?

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Rikers Island (Wikipedia)

 

How can police officers continue to go to work every day while dangerous criminals who were just arrested or even convicted of a crime roam about the community?

How many innocent lives would have to be lost before we realized that it wasn’t working?

The group went on to echo the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying that there would be alternative ways to help rehabilitate someone who has committed a crime.

“Our society is constructed in a way that would have us believe prisons are absolutely necessary,” Sherif said. “People perceive it as crazy, unreasonable, dangerous, too radical. Abolition is not anarchy.”

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Students within the group also made it known that they want the faculty at the school to begin hiring people who have served time in jail as part of a “fair chance” clause.

“If people aren’t totally on board with the issue of mass incarceration and prison abolition in general, then they may not necessarily be as convinced about fair chance hiring,” one student said. “Anything that is interrupting the cycle of incarceration is abolitionist to me as long as it’s not further entrenching the system of incarceration.”

Freshman rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently compared our system of so-called ‘mass incarceration’ to that of slavery, calling for an end to locking people up.

 

“A cage is a cage is a cage. And people don’t belong in them,” she posted. 

 

She went on to say that the United States “incarcerates more than anywhere in the world,” saying we had “more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that many prisons are currently being used for individuals who belong in “mental hospitals, homeless shelters, & detox centers,” and that federal funding for the facilities could be directed elsewhere for alternate methods of rehabilitation.

Ocasio-Cortez says that America has a prison problem. Her solution? Shut ’em down. (AOC Facebook)

 

She inferred that taking people out of the cage would greatly decrease criminal activity.

“If we invested meaningfully, what do you think would happen to crime?” she questioned.

 

Seems she had our next question pinned, but didn’t exactly have an answer for it.

“People tend to say ‘what do you do with all the violent people?’ as a defense for incarcerating millions,” she tweeted as she skirted around an actual answer to the question. “Our lawmaking process means we come to solutions together, and either way we should work to an end where our prison system is dramatically smaller than it is today.”

She went on to say that no matter the reason, America needed to find a new way to handle crime, because many people in the system “don’t belong there at all.”

To ‘prove’ her point, AOC cited a man her who been jailed for 10 days for oversleeping his jury duty as well as a woman who claimed to have been ‘tortured’ by being ‘force-fed pills’ and being placed in solitary confinement for months while in Rikers Island. 

 

As we’re sure many people are aware, there are changes that could be made to the criminal justice system in our country to help it improve. The same could be said about anything that we’ve created as a society. Policies that could be changed to help decrease recidivism, steps we could work on to help rehabilitate instead of furthering a lifestyle. 

But does that mean closing down prisons from coast to coast?

Not a chance. 

 


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