Wednesday, January 30, 2013
RT: Video: American Prisons Exploding With Inmates: How This Has Happened
Its fairly simple why we have as large of a prison population as we do based on our own population and compared with the rest of the developed world. The biggest reason has to do with the War on Drugs, where again we treat drug addicts and users as criminals. Instead as patients or addicts or just dealing with narcotics in this country through regulation and taxation. But the War on Drugs is just part of it even though around 25% depending on where you look of our. Inmates are in prison for drug related offenses. The other issues have to do with the fact we treat all felonies and felons the same way. We send these offenders to prison for committing a felony when in a lot of cases we would be better off across the board. Sending non violent offenders to county jail or on supervise probation, that would involve doing their time. At a halfway house, working, paying the house rent and cost of living and doing community service. And even being back in school if necessary where they can get better skills and not have to create crimes in order to support themselves.
And another reason why we have so many people in the criminal justice system in America roughly two million people. Is that most of our inmates get released from prison, which is a good thing but they are released. Without the skills that they need to stay out of prison and be able to support themselves legally by working and producing. Not by committing crimes and profiting from that and if anything end up becoming better criminals while in prison. Because they spend most of their time not rehabilitating or simply building themselves up. A lot of times people who become criminals were never ready from the start to become productive people. And what they do in prison instead of positioning themselves to become productive people once they are. Released from prison is becoming better criminals and the only work or education they get while in prison. Besides learning how to be better criminals, is getting their GED or learning how to read or write. Mopping floors, doing laundry that sorta thing.
We could do a lot to bring down our prison population by simply ending the War on Drugs and regulating and taxing narcotics in America. As well as stop sending non violent offenders who don't represent a major threat to the economy. To prison but we also need to develop a pathway for productive citizenship for the offenders that we need to have in prison. And that gets to things like mandatory work and education, high school and college for the inmates. That can succeed in general population and put these people to work in prison which would also bring. Down the costs of our prison systems in this country.