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  •  I get this all the time (10+ / 0-)

    And from inmates! Yes, the unionized prison workers do have an interest in keeping people locked up. But that is a short view. Personally, my interest is to help inmates toward their rehabilitation - I know that sounds self serving, but it's true. But even if my rehab rate was 100%, I seriously doubt my job would be in jeopardy. I'm not too worried. There is plenty of crime, plenty of police, plenty of courts. It'll take more than one person, or even several, to turn that around. It'll take long range reform, hard choices, etc.

    And I feel for your brother. Prisons are not nice places, the inmates I deal with hate it. And you also point out another part of the problem - what to do with them once they have paid their debt to society? Who's gonna hire 'em? Besides telemarketers, long distance trucking is another industry willing to hire ex-cons. There are others. My pre release institution has a full time staff member whose only job is to help inmates find jobs, write resumes, and learn how to answer that question, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"
    Reforms have to come from many directions, working together, to work.


    by JohnMac on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 08:33:12 PM PDT

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