Thu, Jul 10, 2003 - Page 2 News List

NTU prof offers to give instruction to rapist behind bars


A National Taiwan University professor yesterday proposed to give courses to the "Hwakang Wolf" in prison if necessary, as the Ministry of Justice is facing a dilemma on whether to let him attend the university in September.

"If he [the wolf] is indeed this eager to attend university, we, as college professors, would be absolutely willing to give him classes inside the prison," said Feng Yen (馮燕), dean of the sociology department.

Feng made the remark during a hearing held by DPP Legislator Cho Chin-yu (周清玉) yesterday morning, which was attended by lawmakers, academics and medical experts calling for a careful and responsible decision on the controversial serial rapist, widely known as the "Hwakang Wolf."

The inmate was identified by the media only by his surname, Yang. Yang gained entrance into the university's sociology department after passing his 2001 university joint entrance exam.

"We do hope the Ministry of Justice takes this case extremely seriously and for now I don't think it's appropriate for Yang to go to college," Feng said.

She also said that the department is essentially an educational institution, not a correctional one.

Department of sociology associate professor Wang Lih-rong (王麗容) paid a visit to Yang in prison shortly after the result of his entrance exam was made public two years ago.

Wang said that without any transparent evaluation reports with high risk assessment tools, it would be really dangerous and risky at this moment to let Yang out of prison and onto the campus.

"I think in-prison teaching would be a great alternative for Yang," Wang said.

Legislators also expressed their concern about Yang's case.

DPP Legislator Tang Jinn-chuan (湯金全) is against granting Yang parole, saying that he should have to serve a lifelong sentence.

Another DPP lawmaker took the opportunity to make a policy suggestion.

"I am not joking here and since I was elected as a lawmaker, I have been advocating the implementation of chemical castration for those who commit serious sex-related crimes in this country," said DPP Legislator Wang Sing-nan (王幸男).

Wang Sing-nan said that it's pointless to allow a serial rapist to apply for parole.

"I have to say that the final report on all the treatments and corrections Yang has undergone over the past few years has proved not up to snuff at this stage," said Frank Feng (馮煥光), director of the military psychiatry center at the Armed Forces Pei-tou Hospital, where Yang underwent treatments.

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