Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ReasonTV: Crowded Prisons and CA Three Strikes: Why We Can't Just Build More Cages
We have too many people in prison in America for several reasons, we arrest too many people, we have. Too many bad laws, we arrest people who aren't threats to society and arrest them for things that shouldn't be illegal. The War on Drugs is an excellent example of that and lose too many people in our Education System, young people who turn to crime to simply make a living in America. We simply aren't educating enough people in the United States and giving them a good enough education. So they can get themselves the skills that they need to be successful in life and not have to victimize innocent people and end up in prison. And the people we do arrest that need to be in prison for the good of society, we don't prepare them in prison for life on the outside. So they have the skills that they need to be successful in life and not have to go back to crime. In order to support themselves financially.
California is an excellent example of this but the good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. We can fix our Corrections System by fixing our Education System so we don't lose as many students to crime each year. And by repealing a lot of our bad laws, as they result to the War on Drugs, gambling and even prostitution and instead regulate and tax these activities and use that. Money to fund things that we actually need in this country, as well as preparing our inmates for life. On the outside with work and education, so they have the skills that they need to make it on the outside.