Gosh, ya think? While we're at it, why not also reduce sentences for
non-violent offenders, and, best of all, emphasize treatment over incarceration
for drug offenders. Our prison record is a national disgrace.
I find it ironic in one section of the dnews there is a call to end compulsory
education for students but in this section it talks about how education pays off
IMO more education is always "good". Yes, even for those in prison.I think more education BEFORE they go to prison could even prevent the
rate of first time offenders (not just repeate offenders).People who
have a good education get a good job. People with a good job don't tend
to need to rob or participate in crime. Don't end up in prison... get a
good education. (starting to feel like I'm writing a Cable commercial).IMO that's why we try so hard to keep kids in school (especially
kids in the social/economic group that tend to drop out and get involved in
crime later in life). Without an education... what options do they have but a
life of crime?We should stop focusing on per-pupil spending and
focus on better results first. If we are doing well at preparing kids for life
(not just for college)... good. If we just spend more and success doesn't
improve, and kids keep dropping out... we fail.We need to focus on
keeping kids interested in education that prepares them for life (not just
college). Some kids have no intention of going to college.
Training is only part of the solution. Those who have served their time need
jobs after they get out; jobs provided by people who care more about the person
than profit. After being told - for years - how worthless they are, those
released prisoners need to hear that they have value; that they are respected;
that people care that they have paid the price demanded.No person
should ever have to spend more time in prison than is required to be
rehabilitated and no person should ever be released back into society until
he/she is rehabilitated. There seems to be a double standard being
applied. One poster bemoaned the fact that sex-offenders are required to
register wherever they live for the rest of their lives. On July 26th, Matthew
Sanders wrote an excellent article encouraging filtering of "porn".
Read the posts of those who were against Matthew Sanders' proposal. Read
how many of them cried, "Infringement of speech". How many of they
don't see the cause/effect relationship between porn and sex-offenses? Train prisioners. Support them when they are released. But, keep them
out of society until they are rehabilitated.
Yes, education does pay off. It's too bad we see that possibility in the
context of prisons but not society as a whole.
This is great. Yet, even in the face of studies like this, we still single out
sex offenders for a lifetime of punishment by placing them on a special