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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Double Cop Killer Honored as Inmate of the Month




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Sunday, October 30, 2005 11:56 p.m.

Just when you think you have heard it all. 

Patrolman John Norcross and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator John McLaughlin were murdered on April 20, 1995 by Leslie Nelson (formerly Glen Nelson until a 1992 sex change operation) who opened fire on the officers with an AK-47.  John Norcross' brother, Richard Norcross, was also shot but survived.  The officers responded to her residence following up a weapons investigation.

In August of this year, Nelson was honored as the “Inmate of the Month” by the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, a maximum security prison located in northern New Jersey.


The honor came complete with a luncheon, a certificate, and a hug from the warden of the prison.

Corrections officers in eye and earshot of the event flipped upon seeing this and mobilized to get word of this disgrace out to the rest of us.

One of these officers would later tell the Trentonian Newspaper, "They don’t have an officer of the month or an employee of the month, but we have inmate of the month. "And the inmate of the month ends up being a cop-killer who gets a big hug from the warden. It’s disgraceful."

Kudos to the CO’s there.

Nelson, who has been on and off New Jersey’s joke of a death row, will be going back to court next year to once again face the penalty phase.

The Department of Corrections said Nelson was given the award for tutoring other inmates.

A DOC spokesman told the Trentonian, “The idea there is to have restorative justice, to try to get programs that encourage inmates to behave the right way or to make amends for the behavior that got them into prison in the first place. "A teacher or a supervisor nominates the inmates, and people aren’t judged before they are given the certificate on the crime they committed."

To those responsible for this disgrace, how dare you!

"Programs that encourage inmates to behave the right way?"  Don't you think that ship has passed in this situation. 

Why is this monster in any type of program geared toward rehabilitation anyway?  What the hell is going on over there?

Maybe it's me, but I just assumed that double murderers did 23 hours in the cell each day.  Now we learn that this double murderer is allowed to participate in various activities and work in the law library. 

And, to make this even more repulsive, you assign this "thing" as a tutor for other inmates?  A COP KILLER?

For Christ's sake, we are suppose to be "the system."

What kind of system lets families of murdered police officers read about the murderer being honored? 

Forget for a moment that the victims were police officers. No family should ever have learn that the murderer of their loved one has been awarded the “inmate of the month.”

This politically correct, love-for-all, everyone’s-a-person crap has got to stop.

While our politics all differ, can’t we at least agree that murderers and rapists and molesters should receive punishment, not praise. Can’t we agree that they should be banished from society and not simply relocated to participate in a different society. Can’t we agree that double murderers shouldn’t be attending luncheons and getting hugs?

A judge sent Nelson to prison, not college!

Okay, enough with our rant.

FOP Corrections launched the first salvo of protests. 

Others have joined in solidarity including the State PBA which actually replaced the entire entrance page to their website with two scathing letters, one a press release regarding this situation and one to DOC Commissioner Devon Brown expressing disgust and requesting the dismissal or demotion of the prison warden.

There will be more to this story.

In closing, we offer a quote from the Trentonian article.  They interviewed the chief of police from the Haddon Heights Police Department.

Haddon Heights police chief Ronald Shute could barely bring himself to speak.  "If I had a comment, you wouldn’t be able to print it."
Monday, October 17, 2005 7:56 p.m.

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