People that do not know this must be living under a rock. Far too many are in prison for non-violent crime, of that number the majority are in prison for something as minor has having one marijuana cigarette on their person. Will this change? Doubtful - the prisons are now almost all privately owned, though we do still pay taxes, the "profit" is not what once was, to keep violent people away from the public, the profit is in numbers of prisoners equals dollars.
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 12:06 pm
It's choices, people. You choose to blow off school, join gangs, use illegal drugs, steal, rape, murder, drink and drive and drug and drive and wind up murdering the innocent because you think you have the right to drive when you aren't in control. Again, those all all choices these people made. Maybe if we went back to the work gangs we would get our infrastructure fixed, food raised for the poor, and may, just maybe, some of these losers will learn something other than how to be a drain on society.
Choices and free will, people. And enough whining about how they didn't have the opportunity to educate themselves - - if you want to badly enough, you do it. Not sit around whining about how you never had a chance. Again, making choices.
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 12:34 pm
No, school often blows them off leiah for things that were accepted even 10 years ago and calls law enforcement because someone was disrespectful to a teacher--behavior that is not even legally a crime. What once were misdemeanors that led to a warning now is lock them up and throw away the key so that private prison corporations can profit from their fit bodies' efforts. Maybe one day society will begin to actually take responsibility for the whole community and not just personal self interest and corporate greed. Christian values, or more of the same--it is your choice people--change, or be like some others who prefer to blame victims for being victimized.
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 1:13 pm
my experience is different - I had to fight and claw for every step I ever made. i survived things that it is hard to believe exist .... but i always did the right thing. i find it hard to listen to whiners with 'poor me' attitudes. live through what i lived through to get where i am, and i will listen, but when you come from where i come from, and end up where i ended up, well.....
Wednesday October 31, 2012, 3:53 pm
Noted & thanks, J.L. I'm all for prison reform...and to get private corporations out of the prison industry. If we spent more money on education, we'd spend less money on prisons.
While some who "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" now look heartlessly at others who are unable to do the same....there are many other situations that prevent people from success. Some "who came from nothing" worked hard in school, got scholarships & loans for college, got a job and paid them off. This job eventually disappeared when a company like Bain Capital took it over and fired employees. I've recently talked to many this has happened to. Now, in middle age, they're unemployed, have lost their homes & live in an apt. and are looking daily for new employment. This is not the fault of Pres. Obama. This happened when the preceding 8 yrs. of GOP allowed greedy, unethical corporations to run amuck, and greedy, unethical Banksters to gamble & cheat.
Good post, but like Kit I thought most people knew these statistics, and ignored them; these statistics back up many of the articles on inequality we have seen on Care 2 during the last couple of years. And how often does the USA accuse China of unfair trading, e.g. manipulating its exchane rate.
Thursday November 1, 2012, 5:47 am
You cannot currently send a star to Mary because you have done so within the last week. I guess some of what you are noticing Mary goes with the "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink" elements of human behavior and learning.
Thursday November 1, 2012, 4:07 pm
"Bonkers", quite the right word. What does it say of a country that a man is willing to steal 4 cookies to go back to jail, rather than be out of jail? For some strange reason I was taught that one of the reasons this country was to evade such nonsense of someone being sent to jail for stealing a loaf of bread (read cookies)...whar's next rich men sleeping with poor mens wives and they having no say(Oh right, they do that, and make movies about it).