Traditionally, the primary purposes of any penal institutions are to prevent the criminal from engaging in additional illegal acts, to punish the criminal for the crimes already committed, to deter other individuals from committing crimes by example, and to rehabilitate the criminal during incarceration so they may become productive members of society in the future. While the necessity for such penal institutions will always remain high, the overall approval rating of the actual prison systems has reached an all-time low.
In the past years, two embezzlement cases have hit local headlines. On September 11, 2013, a former bookkeeper with Allstate Electrical Contractors, Inc., in Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in federal court to making a forged security and filing a false tax return. Renea I. Windham admitted to embezzling more than $143,000, forging a check in the amount of $4,380.08, and failing to claim more than $60,000 in income on her 2012 federal tax return. When she is sentenced in December, she faces a combined maximum of 13 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each charge. She must also pay restitution to her former employer in the amount of $143,057.10.
Did you know it’s possible to be released from detention while awaiting your sentence?