‘I’m not giving up on myself’: NY man moved to state prison after more than 850 days at Rikers, all because he stole cold medicine

NEW YORK — A nearly blind inmate who spent more than 850 days in a Rikers Island jail facility after stealing NyQuil cold medication was transferred Tuesday morning to a state prison, his lawyer said. Reggie Randolph’s documented mental health issues and a decades-long drug addiction have led to a...

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sokpuppet1
sokpuppet1
262 · 2 days ago · Reddit

A system that arrests the same guy 50+ times when it’s abundantly obvious that he needs professional care is a deeply broken system. You can’t tell me it wouldn’t have cost less and been more effective to provide drug addiction treatment and mental health services to this guy.

centech
centech
165 · 2 days ago · Reddit

The headline is kind of misleading.. it's his FIFTY-FOURTH arrest. No it doesn't necessarily make him a terrible person, and yes he should get help for his addiction.. but this isn't really "poor innocent guy getting overly harsh punishment".

ETA: Someone pointed out, 54th conviction.. so likely hundreds of arrests.

Dickhead_
Dickhead_
111 · 2 days ago · Reddit

Just my opinion but if he’s actually nearly blind he should not spend 2-4 years in jail for what he did. Not saying he shouldn’t face consequences but I’m not seeing how this makes the world a better place. He’s also not a spring chicken. A petty thief who is now old and can’t see. I know this’ll be an unpopular opinion though lol

Extremely-Bad-Idea
Extremely-Bad-Idea
86 · 2 days ago · Reddit

He isn't in jail because he stole cold medicine. He is in jail because he was repeatedly convicted of many crimes over his lifetime and, at age 58, refuses to stop committing crimes. He is a lifelong drug addict and probably his brain no longer functions normally. At age 58 his life is effectively over. He destroyed himself with drugs and this is the result.

Stories like this are sad and everyone's initial reaction is to "give him one more chance" but this guy has had 30 years of chances. Society has limited resources, so it needs to focus on younger people whose lives may be still be saved from drugs and crime. Kids in their teens and young adults in their 20s can still get on the right path if they are using drugs, but not a 58 year old. Here is the bottom line, a 58 year old is responsible for his own life and choices.

angelsplight
angelsplight
25 · 2 days ago · Reddit

"The remainder of Randolph’s criminal record consisted of more than 53 misdemeanor convictions for nonviolent robbery and drug possession charges."

Put emphasis on 1 small petty crime and just briefly mention the other 53 arrest buried in a wall of text.

Buttigieg2032
Buttigieg2032
18 · 2 days ago · Reddit

Lol, what a ridiculous headline.

This was the 50th+ time he was arrested. He wasn't in jail for stealing "cold medicine". He was in jail for this being the 58th crime he was caught for.

Dude has 53 misdeamer and 5 felony convictions. Get him the fuck off the streets.