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Tom G Stark❌ @TomStark913
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The “Prison reform” concept is all the rage these days. Only problem is what most consider prison reform is really just a jail break...
I’m all for prison reform.
It’s time we modernize the criminal justice system bringing it into the 21 century. The conversation should be more along those lines, not just 'early release' or laxing standards.
Important to note. This is largely an individual state issue. The Federal system has about 180,000 inmates. Michigan for example, has about 43,000 and California currently houses nearly 137,000 in their system. The whole federal population matched with just 2 of 50 states.
It’s plain to see, many more are incarcerated throughout the various state penal systems.
I live in Michigan and am familiar, albeit fading, with the MDOC.
This will be our example.
In 2016 there where 8,084 intakes of which 3,769 were non violent and 1,427 drug offenders.
Right now all of them go off to prison. The cost varies by facility but $75 a day is a fair average. The annual budget is 2 billion dollars in total with 31 facilities and after care field work.
At the personal level an individual is removed from society, no longer contributing to, but now draining resources from society. No only that, they are confined in an environment of largely negative influence.
Don’t get me wrong. We have laws, due process and penalties for those found in violation. Penalties must be had or adherence to law would be effectively optional.
Easing punishments would only foment more lawlessness.
In jail, just about anyone, would jump through any hoop to get ‘house arrest’. For decades you have an ankle transmitter that connects to a base unit connected to a monitoring office via home telecom service.
Technology has made many advances in the last decade, let alone 40 years. Now there can be transmitting devices attached to a person with no need for a phone or base unit and gives satellite real-time location information.
When on ‘house arrest’, your home technically becomes prison/jail jurisdiction and correction officers need no warrant to walk right in and fully inspect the entirety of the property.
If we modernized and expanded that model and offer it to non violent and drug offenders; In accordance with the 2016 intake numbers we could cut the ultimate population in custody in half with time.
Staff resources will be shifted to the field for random, regular checks at each inmates home; monitoring activity and administering regular drug and alcohol tests. An increase in personnel, from current levels would likely be required.
Not only would eligibility requirements have to be met, but a daily cost would be accessed. Something like $10 to $20 a day. Not only with this help subsidize the cost over their oversight, they remain at work, continuing to contribute to tax coffers.
At $15 a day each would pay $5,475.00 a year. In the MI 2016 example 5000 could be eligible let’s say only 3500 end up in the program. That’s about $20 million right there. On one year's intake. With average 18-36 month sentance, abouts.
The state isn't feeding, housing, or clothing them either. They also have to remain at work, and likely pick up a second job expanding the tax base further, rather than removed altogether. This will not only reduce over all expenditure by tax payers, it doesn’t remove tax payers.
☝️Idol hands are the devils playground.
If nearly half the in custody population can ultimately be reduced, over populated facilities can return to viable capacities. In all likelihood, eventually several can be shut down and have its resources reallocated.
The repercussion for not non-compliance would be removal from society and there will be those that screw up.
Most will do anything to avoid that fate once convicted. Statically many will be drunk drivers. It’s true.
Besides easing the financial burden to the community, the psychological benefit can have a tremendous positive effect. In jails its not uncommon to learn of other scams or hone criminal skills.
Many will tells stories of past crimes, express criminal ideas and so forth. Negative relationships can forge, the effects can be disastrous. We are, after all, creatures of influence and habit.
Affording some opportunity to avoid this toxic atmosphere has very obvious positive effects needn’t to explain any further...
Being removed from society does get you attention without question. Also really destroy lives; loss of job, home, family broken…
ultimately, yes their actions brought forth the hardship that befalls them.
It IS the 21st century, we have the technology, we have the capability to create the world’s first bionic prison. We can jail people better, faster, smarter.
Couldn’t resist the Six Million Dollar Man reference. Great show BTW.
Seriously, we do have the technology, there are other options for non violent and drug offenders. Not enforcing laws or administering punishment is NOT the answer.
However, the specifics of the punishment in many cases could use some serious rethinking. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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