Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rehabilitate While We Incarcerate

 
It’s our system that affects our futures.
 

We’ve got the mechanism in place to arrest and detain when someone breaks the law and place them in county jails or prisons. Everyone expects this, yes? Of course, it’s our way of justice and has been for a very long time. But if we do not rehabilitate while we incarcerate we are destined for repeat offenders once they are released and we have no one else to blame but ourselves.

It’s the rehabilitation of the individual while incarcerated I have a problem with… it doesn’t exist.
A person is arrested for a crime, incarcerated and then let loose after the appropriate amount of time served. It’s the quality of the “time served” as far as rehabilitation goes that enables the individual to assimilate back into society. Release is inevitable, but if there has been no reasonable attempt to learn a trade, attain higher education or other wise arm the individual with the resources needed to become a productive citizen, then our tax dollars to incarcerate the individual have a negative effect once he or she has done their time and is released back into society. They have learned no other means to survive other than what they knew going in and what they learned while inside.Release is inevitable.
As it is now, once released a person that has a record and can not provide proof that they have the capabilities or reasonable means to further him or herself as a productive citizen in the work force is brushed under the rug. They become an unsightly and forgotten part of our society. Society has given them no worth. Due largely to the fact that society has given them no chance or tools to succeed.  It’s a (theoretical)  2-10 year gap in their resume. Most working folks that got laid off recently are having a hard time finding work in 6-12 months with a solid resume. Can you imagine YEARS?
Companies and corporations are so worried about litigation that I’ve seen good workers let go after a background check turned up a DUI. Do I advocate  driving under the influence? Absolutely not. Has the person “paid his debt to society”? It’s time served on our terms so yes! Why are we not allowing these people to be a productive part of our work force after time served? For lesser crimes why is serving time not enough to get back into the work force?
Here is a very inspiring story of someone that saw things completely differently.