High prison population in U.S.
In the March 29 Parade magazine, Sen. Jim Webb asks, “What’s wrong with our prisons?” It is reported that “about one in every 31 adults in this country is in prison, in jail or on supervised release
We are overlooking a more important question: What is wrong with our culture that causes one to turn to crime? I wrote to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts seeking his views on the causes for crime, especially with teenagers and young adults. I received no response.
To prevent crime, proper lessons must be learned early in childhood through the schools, homes, neighborhoods, friends and community groups. A continuous appeal to do good must be stressed. A “right living” conscience must be developed.
Sen. Webb encourages one to ask, “Are we doing something very wrong that brings about evil actions?”
Put prisoners to work
I have a simple idea to save the government several million dollars and also help solve our southern border problem.
Why not put nonviolent prisoners to work building a wall, preferably 10-feet high and topped with razor wire, along the Mexican border? The prisoners get everything free anyway. No wonder the recidivism rate is more than 50 percent.
This is a win-win situation. The taxpayers get something for their money, and the convicts learn new skills.