What’s the staright dope?
In Belgium all convicts are grated early parole at one third of their sentence if it was their first offence, two third if they are a repeat offender, and a minimum of ten years for a life sentence, (sixteen if they are a repeat offender)
They have to show they have a place stay and have an occupation (preferably a paying Job)
Living in a convent would take care of that.
Yeah. It seems that the convent was just a place that the convict had proposed that they be released to - there isn’t an overriding program to place large numbers of ex-offenders as neophyte nuns and monks.
Btw, a criminal running away to a convent or monastery isn’t a new phenomenon - it is part of the plot of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King.
Let’s hope the convent doesn’t include a school.
“And the smallest one was Madeline.”