Justice for All---JayWalkers shouldn't be Shot -
for info about book, click HERE
America has a problem.
We have more citizens in jail than any other country.
3 citizens a day are shot by police, many unarmed African American, poor and many shot in the back.
Many innocents are going to jail without adequate legal representation.
Our inner-city schools are so bad they bear the label “Pipeline to Prison”.
The poor are easy marks for the police and prosecutes causing unjust imprisonment.
There are solutions for these problems and not only are their solutions, there are cities and states implementing these solutions at this very time. We have verified results showing that they work. We have solutions developed by foundations, universities and even the federal government. Many of these solutions have grants, manuals and even physical help to develop these programs. But most of all, most if not all, pay for themselves.
Any program will face the cost factor. Not only is their a competition for tax dollars generated, most governments, local, city or federal either already have a debt problem or a limitation of tax money due to either taxpayers revolt or party ideological. In addition, many solutions require money spent in advance and then the payback may take years if at all. On top of that, their may be party rejection of the solution.
In this series of articles, we will be dealing with problems with which most of America identify. The solutions will only require a change in regulation or laws with no financial costs up front. I will be laying these solutions out so that the ones which take less changes will provide the largest savings. Then as we go into more complicated programs, their will already be available savings to pay for steps that must be taken that will provide a slower rate of savings. In the end, we will have a smaller jail population, a better work force, less crime and a better education process.
The fastest way to save money is to decriminalize certain acts. A quick act that could be enacted would to be to make possession of drugs in the amounts for personal consumption OK. Many traffic stops become a problem when the officer decides to search for drugs. African-American citizens are statically more likely to be stopped and searched even though they are not more likely to use drugs.
We could also raise the dollar amount needed to change a theft into a felony.
We could make prostitution a crime that only the john or the buyer would be charged. Arresting the prostitute the criminal does little to stop this practice.
We could make 'stop and search' illegal unless the person is arrested for a crime or the officer has a warrant.
And finally, but not least, Jaywalking would cease to be a crime. The only people to be arrested for jaywalking is usually black and is just an excuse to make a search.
In addition, for non violent crimes, reduction of jail sentence could be enacted. The longer a person is in jail, the more apt he will return.
Each of these acts would stop filling our jails with little if any impact upon our society. But one that has been used by Texas is to
'ban the commitment of juveniles to secure state facilities for misdemeanor offenses, reducing the
maximum age in which juveniles would be permitted in those facilities, and
redirecting certain offenders toward evidence-based community programs instead of jailing them' as reported by the National Review .
'Since enacting these reforms, Texas has seen the closure of three prisons and a 25 percent reduction in its recidivism rate. Additionally, Texas taxpayers have saved nearly $3 billion in prison costs and have enjoyed their lowest rate of crime since 1968.'
Let me re-emphasis: For a starting point, the above solution can be enacted with
a minor change of laws,
little if any up front costs are involved,
results are immediate,
savings are large.
ontact me at gary@Our-Voice.Us
Pass this on to your social networks