Here’s an idea, instead of investing so much money, I’m talking billions, into our prison system, which has a 64% recidivism rate i.e. not exactly a success rate, why don’t we invest the money into our kids? Why doesn’t our government spend the money on the young generation whilst they are growing and learning and invest in their future positively?
Billions are spend on the prison system, currently 83,795 incarcerated, yet it only appears to have a 36% success rate. Why then would you continue to pour money into it? I just don’t get it? So many people are crying out for help. Mental Health issues are at an all time high, yet there is not enough funding to help people in need? Waiting lists for CAMH’s (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are so long, its not good enough. Helping anyone with mental health issues as soon as they appear is what is needed, not a year after.
I watched a great program on the prison service the other day, even the prisoners were saying prison doesn’t work. Once a prisoner is released, regardless of the crime he or she committed, they are labelled as an ex-convict and as such find it very hard to re-enter society and the work place. What are they going to do? Probably commit further crimes to stay alive!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying let people commit crime and then let them get away with it, no! I’m just saying there has to be a better way. A better use of the money. Let’s tag non-violent criminals, saving the tax payer millions. They will be living in their own homes, eating their own food under a watchful eye, but costing far less than someone in prison.
So many children are living below the poverty line in the UK, with no real hope of achieving a decent lifestyle. They are neglected, under-supported and under-achieving (34% of prisoners have a learning difficulty). All I’m asking is that we re think how we invest in our society, pro-actively or re-actively. I suggest the former.