Talk about the kind of "oops" that changes lives. A convicted murderer was mistakenly released from prison this week, allowed to walk right out the door and out onto the streets. Any guesses where Steven L. Robbins is now? Yours are as good as the folks in Chicago where an error reportedly made by court and security officials let the 44-year-old get away!
He's out on the streets. And I'm thinking somebody's going to be out of a job soon.
I hate to say that in this economy. But we all have a certain amount of responsibility that comes with our jobs, and we can only encounter trouble so many times before the bosses have to bid us bye-bye.
And sometimes, when the trouble is major, you just don't get a second chance. You know ... like letting a dangerous felon walk out of prison.
We're talking about a MURDERER here, after all. Robbins is not some white collar criminal. He has been in jail since 2009, but he's still got decades left on his 60-year prison sentence for murdering a 24-year-old man in Kentucky.
So how did this all happen?
A guest of the Indiana Department of Corrections, Robbins was reportedly in Illinois to answer some weapons and drug charges. He was supposed to go back to Indiana at some point, but Chicago folks dropped the ball.
Now he's on the run, and the FBI and US Marshals are after him. Hopefully they get him before something unspeakable happens. If they don't, I can only imagine how much worse it will be on the guy who screwed up.
Do you think this is a fire-able offense? Does it make you question how prisons are run?
Image via Cook County Sheriff's Office