Quinn Suspends Early Release Plan After Report
#1 Dec 13, 2009
The plan was not the problem. The problem was that the wardens didn't make sure to go over the records of the inmates they released. We are going to have to accept that there are going to have to be major changes in our laws and prison time. Our system in the last 20 years or so has made too many laws that lead to arrests, and sentences that are too lengthy. If we would research this whole subject-objectively- we would understand that locking people up longer is not doing any good. If they are first time offenders, once will be enough. If they are repeats, they will continue to repeat unless we have programs to turn them around, and be willing to fund training so they can find work. We also have to have homes in every city of any size that can provide them with room and board until they can work long enough to get their own place. We cannot afford to keep the mentality of throw them in jail and pitch the key. Remember--our tax dollars are going more on incarceration than we are able to spend for our schools. And if we don't do something to prevent the high number of dropouts, we will continue to esculate in crimes.
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