Here in California prison overcrowding has reached the point that they are now allowing some 3rd strikers aka lifers be released after a hearing i suppose. As I’ve contemplated this I wasn’t so sure how to take it. Will that mean more crimes are going to be committed by these newly release prisoners? Without a doubt, I am quite sure some will have already been institutionalized and accepted their fate. But given the opportunity they can talk the talk so they can walk. Me? I’d do the same thing if I were in that position. I would think.
Given that here are people who were 3rd striked for having stolen something minor or some minor drug offense does it matter? It cost them their freedom, and to be hypocritical would be lying to ourselves if we didn’t admit we’ve done some really stupid things, T drive drunk, stole, cheated or whatever, whether you were a kid or not isn’t relevant. My point is at least I can say most of us have taken chances and not gotten caught for whatever reason.
But my point is really about the truer meaning of all of this. I’m talking about, it’s a shame that none of these politicians and people who voted for the 3 strikes laws didn’t have the foresight to anticipate this prison overcrowding issue. Or did they? Either way I look at it, it’s not very flattering to know that there are politicians who for the sake of all of our lives are fighting to get these laws passed only to find out that it wasn’t very well thought out. But if they did consider the implications that it would have, it’s not very flattering to know that they would take the life of these young people and lock them up until the bottom fell out and wherever they land is where they land. Let the people deal with it cause they’ll be out of office by the time the repercussion of these decisions hits home.
To me it just seems there are other options that haven’t been explored yet. I know that the recidivism rate is astronomical, there have been all sort of programs for people in prison and out of prison, but none of that seems to have made much of a difference. They (whoever they are) are always talking about the education programs in prison, I know for awhile there, a prisoner could get a hell of a free education while we have to pay for ours, I know they have programs for when they got out of prision where the prisoners were helped getting employment, not like the rest of us on our own. But naturally those programs seemed to fail and everyone threw their hands up and said, “we’ve done all that we can”… Oh really? I’ve never once heard of a program where they looked inwards, at the system itself, at the police at the courts. I’m not saying a witch hunt, I’m saying looking at the system for flaws not faults. Perhaps they should look at the system itself and perhaps the answer lies in there somewhere. These are lives we’re dealing with here, yours, mine and theirs….