Not long ago, I read an interesting article about a company that owned contract prisons in Texas and how they’d lost their contract as there just were not enough prisoners and the state didn’t need them. So, this company had shut down many locations. We can expect this as our population ages because most crimes are committed by younger males under 30 years old. As they grow up and get with the program they just don’t seem to cause the same types of problems, thus, more prisons are not needed.It has often been noted that there are more people in prison in the US on average than any other country. That is unfortunate, something is amiss. The other day I was discussing this with an acquaintance from Washington DC area, she noted that our criminal justice system was flawed, particularly against young black males. Okay, so let’s talk about this shall we?You see I also read an interesting piece on February 16, 2013 in the Wall Street Journal titled; “Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Own Peril,” by James Bovard which stated; “A federal policy intended to help minorities is likely to have the opposite effect.” Now, then after you go and read that article, come back to this article so we can discuss a few issues here.Indeed, I told my Spaghetti Bowl area acquaintance; “oh the criminal justice system “flawed” yes, indeed it is isn’t it?” Out here in CA we have a real challenge with the prison employees union, the costs are killing our budget, too many incarcerated, but also when we let out lots of folks our crime rates started hiking back up after being down for a decade. Problem appears to be the recidivism rates, so I agree with your focus there for retraining, or even help them into a small business as some employers won’t touch them after a prison term.My acquaintance also noted the gang violence and race wars in our US prisons. Sure, there is self-segregation, gang affiliation, and all that in our prisons. It’s not okay. My acquaintance also noted that more education was needed to prevent so many incarcerations. Sure, we can either educate them today or pay for more;1. Juvenile Halls,
4. Prisons and,
5. Rehabs,later on down the road. My acquaintance also suggested that I read Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow, The Industrial Prison Complex,” so I thought I’d tell my readers too. Some have said that we need our prisons to help teach prisoners job skills and entrepreneurship, so when they get out they can get a job. Sure, that makes sense, although after much thought on this topic I am somewhat worried about giving the tools to run a business to those who might still have criminal inclinations, so I’ve approached this particular topic very carefully. Please consider all this and think on it.