Article by: By TOM BRODBECK
– Where does it end?
The real question about Joseph Robert Davis, arrested by police Wednesday for allegedly attacking and trying to rape a real estate agent, is why he was ever back on the street in the first place.
Davis, who has a long list of violent and property offences dating back to 1988, is not just a re-offender.
He’s a “multi-recidivist” — according to the National Parole Board — who is staunchly committed to a life of crime and shown virtually no willingness to change his criminal and violent ways.
Not just over five, 10 or even 15 years, either. We’re talking some 79 offences over nearly 20 years.
The question is, at what point does our justice system deem someone a dangerous offender who should be locked up indefinitely?
The most recent charges against Davis have not been proven in court. But consider this history.
He started breaking the law in 1988 and was sent to jail.In 1991, he planned a prison break with three accomplices by holding down a female prison nurse at knifepoint. The escape was unsuccessful.
Davis went unlawfully at large in 1989 and 1995, according to NPB records.
He was convicted of assault in 1994. He was non-compliant with probationary sentences in 1999 and 2000.
Davis was convicted in 2000 of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon and unauthorized possession of a firearm. He had four convictions of impaired driving.
By 2003, he was before the NPB again while serving a two-year sentence for assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, theft over $5,000, impersonating a peace officer and obtaining a credit card by false pretences.
He had invited a woman from an escort agency to his apartment, where he assaulted her with a weapon and confined her for a lengthy period of time.
He was released on statutory release with conditions.
Within a few months he breached, fled his halfway house with stolen credit cards and eventually robbed a bank, a heist in which he threatened to kill a female bank teller.
He was re-arrested in September 2003 and convicted of robbery. He got another 30 months.
By this time, Davis had received sexual offender treatment, anger management programming, substance abuse treatment and psychological therapy.
The system tried every which way to rehabilitate him. But after 15 years, nothing was working.
“You have been convicted of more than 70 criminal offences in a span of 15 years, with a notable escalation in your use of weapons and violence,” the NPB told him in 2004.
“You continue to present pro-criminal values and beliefs that allow you to justify and legitimize your criminal behaviour and use of violence.”
Despite that, in November 2005, he was again released on statutory release.
About 14 weeks later, he broke his residency conditions, fled to Alberta where he stole a car and was re-arrested in April 2006. He received another eight months for theft over $5,000 and two months for possession of property obtained by crime.
He was back again before the NPB in February 2007 where they told Davis, among other things:
“You have displayed little or no remorse for your actions and thereby show an attitude of indifference to the impact your behaviour has on your victims.”
He was released again on statutory release.
And on Jan. 9, 2008, he was arrested by police for allegedly luring a female real estate agent to his apartment where he is accused of attacking and trying to rape her.
The question is: where does it end?