The state parole board made a good decision when it denied convicted murderer Dennis Dussell's bid for freedom. Dussell murdered 17-year-old Jodi Auble of Huron in 1974 but was freed on parole in 1984. He kidnapped and raped another woman in 1985 and has been in prison ever since.
The debate whether the prison systems are designed for punishment or rehabilitation will endure, but it doesn't matter in the case of Dennis Dussell. It is an important debate, but Dussell must remain incarcerated for the rest of his life to keep society safe; to make sure no family ever again endures the pain Dussell inflicted when he brutally killed Jodi Auble.
Even prisoners in this country have rights. With all due respect and thoughtful contemplation, however, Dussell should be stripped near bare of any rights. He could be up for release again in 2016, but the state parole board should treat this last denial as a last denial and seal the order permanently.