The courts convicted Cornealious Anderson of armed robbery and sentenced him to thirteen years in prison in 2000. The day he was sentenced, Anderson was told to wait for instructions on when and where to report to prison. When those instructions never came, Anderson went on with life and actually turned things around. He paid his taxes and traffic tickets, renewed his driver’s license and even registered businesses. He thought his case had been forgotten or even forgiven until a SWAT team showed up at his house while he was getting breakfast for his daughter. Anderson is now serving time in prison, while his lawyer is working to have him released. Peter Joy of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis says it isn’t unusual for cases to fall through the cracks, but it is unusual for a case to be forgotten for so long. Joy added, “The real tragedy here is that one aspect of prison life is the idea of rehabilitation. Here we have somebody who has led a perfect life for 13 years. He did everything right. So he doesn’t need rehabilitation.”—--Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Armed Robber Was Never Told to Report to Prison, By Jim Salter,
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRISON_NO_SHOW?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Accessed April 16, 2014.
Ephesians 4:28 (HCSB) (28) The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.