Did anyone else know that we lead the numbers in incarcerating our people over other countries? This article is interesting and scary. For example, in the past 23 years, the state of CA built a new prison every year to the tune of 100 million each, meanwhile only one public higher education facility was built during that same time. http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/03/opinio...ing/index.html
I've been involved with the criminal justice system since I married my H, who is a 3 time convicted felon. And quite frankly it is sickening. Yes, he fvcked up, but AFTER the first conviction, sometimes the restrictions are such that its extremely difficult to NOT fvck up again. Not to mention society as a whole doesn't make it any easier on a convicted felon. It's over now, and my H does 100% take responsibility for his way of life back then.
But this is where it gets tricky... His life of criminal activity began with crack cocaine. He's an addict who started using at 15. That's also when his juvenile record begins. Admittedly his mother was passive when her kids started fvcking up. But she did not have the means to do much else and daddy bolted with a stripper and dodged the child support order (which to this day he still owes!).
So what's the solution to this? Because this article also explains that 60% of our locked up guests are non violent offenders, you know, the child support dodgers. It's a viscous cycle.
Just curious what others thoughts are.