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Old 03-20-08, 02:01 PM
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Daughter Dying, Dad Not Allowed To Leave Prison To Spend Last Days With Her

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...r=HOME_3953431

Being Denied 30-Day Leave; Mom Says It's Daughter's Last Wish To Have Him With Her

March 20, 2008

(CBS) Ten-year-old Jayci Yaeger is dying of brain cancer, and has one final wish -- to have her father spend some time at her bedside before she dies.



She's in a Lincoln, Neb. hospice.

However, her father, Jason Yaeger, is in a federal minimum security prison in South Dakota, serving five-and-a-half years for a drug conviction. He has less than a year left in his sentence, and is set to be released to a halfway house in four months.

Jason and the Yaeger family have appealed many times to the warden for a 30-day supervised release, which could be allowed under "extraordinary circumstances." However, the family says these appeals have been denied, and the prison tells them the circumstances are not "extraordinary."

"She's very scared," Jayci's mother, Vonda Yaeger says, "and I think she's holding on for her father. She didn't do anything wrong. He was there for her when she was born. He should be there for her when she goes."

Jason, she says, was always a very good father to Jayci.

So, what do you guys think? I think if he were in prison for murder, then they probably should not let him out, but for drugs?

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Agreed. When I saw the thread title I thought "serves him right" . . . but after reading what he's in for and how little time is left to be served . . . I think it's kind of bad he can't at least get some supervised time with his dying daughter. I'm sure he'd agree to extra hours of community service that he could serve after she passes.
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I don't often use the "think of the children" argument, but in this case, I think a 10-year-old girl deserves to spend some time with her father before she dies. Don't do it for him, do it for her.
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Originally Posted by Mittman
Agreed. When I saw the thread title I thought "serves him right" . . . but after reading what he's in for and how little time is left to be served . . . I think it's kind of bad he can't at least get some supervised time with his dying daughter. I'm sure he'd agree to extra hours of community service that he could serve after she passes.
Agree with this completely. I was ready to come in with a rant about how it's his own fault, but I feel some leniency should be shown in this situation.
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It's sad, but you know, don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.

Prison is meant to be a punishment.
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so what are the standards to get a 30 day leave from prison?
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Originally Posted by TallGuyMe
It's sad, but you know, don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.

Prison is meant to be a punishment.
But not for his daughter. And I'm sure this is going to mean a lot more to her than to him.

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For a drug charge? That's ridiculous. As long as he's being watched and not allowed to drive while using, he's not really a threat to anyone but himself.

Let the kid see her dad for god's sake.
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What was the drug conviction? Using? Selling?
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
I think a 10-year-old girl deserves to spend some time with her father before she dies. Don't do it for him, do it for her.


Man, that photo made me get a little misty-eyed.
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Originally Posted by GreenMonkey
For a drug charge? That's ridiculous. As long as he's being watched and not allowed to drive, he's not really a threat to anyone but himself.
It's a federal drug charge. It's not like he was caught with pot or something. He was probably caught transporting or selling large quantities of drugs.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
It's a federal drug charge. It's not like he was caught with pot or something. He was probably caught transporting or selling large quantities of drugs.
I read elsewhere that is was meth. The article didn't list quantities or other particulars.
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We really need to take this on a case by case basis. How much time does he have left? What was his inital crime? How was his behavior in prison? Although I don't know the answer to the third question, generally I don't have a problem with a supervised release so he can spend two or three days out of prison to visit his dying daughter.
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Originally Posted by 12thmonkey
I read elsewhere that is was meth. The article didn't list quantities or other particulars.
Again. It's a federal charge. You don't go to federal prison for possessing small quantities considered to be for personal use. This guy was transporting or selling large quantities of an illegal drug.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
It's a federal drug charge. It's not like he was caught with pot or something. He was probably caught transporting or selling large quantities of drugs.
So what? As long as he's not in for a violent drug crime, it's a bullshit charge.

I missed it in the original article, but this makes it even more galling.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
Again. It's a federal charge. You don't go to federal prison for possessing small quantities considered to be for personal use. This guy was transporting or selling large quantities of an illegal drug.
So? What's the danger in letting him out for a while under supervision to see his dying daughter? That he's going to run out and sell meth when they're not looking? Come on.
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Originally Posted by GreenMonkey
So? What's the danger in letting him out for a while under supervision to see his dying daughter? That he's going to run out and sell meth when they're not looking? Come on.
I'm simply pointing out the article is not providing the full picture here. The guy obviously has more of a criminal history that is portrayed. Quite a bit of factors that we don't know about this guy. For all we know, he could have other violent felony convictions that are being glossed over because he is only in there for a drug charge right now. Too many variables we don't know about in order to make an informed decision.

Cost. We as taxpayers have to pay the additional cost of having, at minimum, two guards with him at all time. Right or wrong, that's exactly the reason why he's not being let out.
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Does the 30-day release mean that he wouldn't have to report back to jail every night? If so, I'm not OK with that. I would be OK with getting a supervised visit sometimes for a few hours.

I know it sucks for him and his daughter, but it is his own fault for doing the crime. Regardless of whether he, me, or anyone else thinks that his crime/punishment is unwarranted or silly, he knew it was a crime and did it anyway. That was his choice and it cost him what turned out to be the last few years of his daughters' life.
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Here are some more details!

http://www.ketv.com/newsarchive/15643474/detail.html

Tale Of Dying Girl's Imprisoned Dad Moves Viewers
Girl's Dying Wish Denied; Imprisoned Father Not Coming Home

POSTED: 12:57 pm CDT March 19, 2008
UPDATED: 10:57 am CDT March 20, 2008


LINCOLN, Neb. -- The story of a 10-year-old Lincoln girl who is dying of brain cancer and her one dying wish spurred a lot of e-mail to KETV NewsWatch 7.



Jayci Yaeger wants her father to be at her bedside, but that isn't likely to happen since Jason Yaeger is in a federal prison in Yankton, S.D.

Vonda Yaeger is pleading with the warden for compassion to grant her daughter's wish.

"She wants her dad. She goes to her room crying because she wants her dad," Yaeger said.

Jason Yaeger was convicted of methamphetamine charges nearly five years ago and is scheduled to be released next year.

"We've never asked them to release him early. Never asked them to change anything. We've asked them to just give him some time to be here," Vonda Yaeger said.

Several KETV NewsWatch 7 viewers said they've e-mailed the warden themselves after reading the story. Kevin Burton said he e-mailed a link of KETV's story to the warden, along with a note that said in part: "I feel heartbroken for this little girl. It sounds like a drug charge, and not a more serious crime. As a father of a young daughter myself, I hope that there is more to this story. I would hope in cases such as this some compassion can be shown and reasonable accommodations taken that safeguard the public, honor the judiciary, but still let this little girl see her father while she is still living."

Viewer Sandie Yeaman said she called South Dakota's governor's office, "pleading for them to allow Jayci's father to be at her bedside. I urge all Nebraskans to call Gov. Rounds office and plead for the dying wishes of this little girl and her family."

Another viewer suggested starting a nationwide petition to get Jason Yaeger to his daughter before she dies.

Jayci Yaeger has been allowed three escorted visits with her father, but each trip lasts only a couple of hours and costs the family hundreds of dollars. Requests for longer furloughs have been denied.

"They say it doesn't constitute an extraordinary circumstance," Vonda Yaeger said.

A representative of the Yankton facility would not respond to specific questions about the situation.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site states its policy -- that furloughs can be allowed for a family crisis and that decision is left to the warden.

"We've asked them numerous times, 'What is an extraordinary circumstance?'" said Vonda Yaeger. "They danced around it. They don't give you a direct answer."

Jayci still gets calls when her father can manage.

"He talks to her. We put the phone to her ear and she cries," Vonda Yaeger said.


She said there have been several times she didn't think Jayci would make it through the night, but she somehow keeps fighting.

"I feel she's hanging on for her dad," Vonda Yaeger said.

The family said that what makes the situation even more difficult is that Jason Yaeger is scheduled to be transferred to a half-way house in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in August. That would make it possible to visit Jayci, but her mother said it will probably be too late.

Watch KETV NewsWatch 7 at 6 p.m. for an interview with Jason Yaeger.

Copyright 2008 by KETV.com.

Chris
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
Does the 30-day release mean that he wouldn't have to report back to jail every night? If so, I'm not OK with that. I would be OK with getting a supervised visit sometimes for a few hours.
My interpretation of what they are saying here (30-day supervised release) is that someone will be with him at all times. Generally what you see in a movie where there's someone by him at all times of the day.
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
I don't often use the "think of the children" argument, but in this case, I think a 10-year-old girl deserves to spend some time with her father before she dies. Don't do it for him, do it for her.
Agreed.
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Nice how they say "methamphetamine charge" but not the quantity.

It does appear the family has to pay for his other "furlough" leaves, which is seemingly the right call. Not sure how it would work for a full 30 days, though.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
My interpretation of what they are saying here (30-day supervised release) is that someone will be with him at all times. Generally what you see in a movie where there's someone by him at all times of the day.
I probably wouldn't even have a problem with that if the family was willing to pick up the cost.
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So from that second article he is already being given regular opportunities to see his daughter but the family thinks it's "not enough"? No thanks, I'll side with Deftones on this one.
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
I probably wouldn't even have a problem with that if the family was willing to pick up the cost.
They're already complaining about having to spend a few hundred dollars for him to see her as it is, you would probably looking at 3-4k minimum for round the clock security for a month.

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