Oh, this is maddening. The woman who killed three Chicago musicians, including Silkworm’s Michael Dahlquist, is being released from prison after serving less than half of her eight-year sentence. According to the Chicago Tribune [via Pitchfork], this is how she’s getting off so easy:
“Sliwinski’s time in prison was reduced by a sentencing law that governs many Illinois crimes other than murder and routinely cuts sentences in half, turning her eight-year sentence into four years. She also got credit for roughly two years and four months spent in the Cook County Jail awaiting trial, plus six months off for good behavior. Another three months were trimmed because she received counseling in prison.”
And, of course, keeping this obviously mentally disturbed woman in prison won’t bring back the three victims, but spitting her back into society so quickly just seems ill-advised. Her method of suicide was completely insane (driving her car 90 miles an hour and slamming into a stopped vehicle at a red light). Prison is a punishment as much as it is an intended reformation, and this woman’s punishment has been obscenely light, despite receiving “counseling in prison.” The families of the victims are justifiably upset.