Hell has officially frozen offer – I actually agree with a Bush policy – “Second Chance Act”.
It seems folks in our gub’ment have gotten a clue and decided that it would be in our best interest to attempt to rehabilitate or at least prepare prisoner’s to re-enter society. If they are going to be released back into society at some point – we had better make an attempt at providing them tools to become productive citizens rather than just opening the door and letting them walk out.
Now if we could only deal with that pesky “crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine” issue and MOST importantly the broken educational system. If we could get our youth (all of them – black and white) on track and educated we may be on the way to rebuilding our society instead of turning into a third-world country that doesn’t produce anything but debt.
Back in the 1970s and ’80s, high crime and “get tough” laws meant longer sentences and more emphasis on punishment than on rehabilitation, and the federal and state governments spent billions building prisons.
Today, as a legacy of those policies, not only are record numbers incarcerated, but also about 700,000 state and federal prisoners are released annually, many of them with little education or employment prospects and destined to be imprisoned again within a few years.
In a sharp change in attitudes about incarceration, many states and private groups have recently experimented with “re-entry” programs to help released prisoners fit back into their communities and avoid new crime.
The strategy will get a major boost this week. President Bush is to sign the Second Chance Act in a public ceremony on Wednesday, making rehabilitation a central goal of the federal justice system. In a sign of how far the pendulum has swung, the measure passed Congress with nearly unanimous bipartisan support. Read more