Ex-offenders everywhere are dealing with the same challenges upon exiting from prison; finding a job. It is the greatest challenge facing a person who has just served time. Lack of employment is one of the greatest reasons for recidivism. Lack of basic opportunities force many rehabilitated individuals back onto the streets and back into a life of crime. Besides employment basic housing needs cannot be met as well. Landlords across America are requiring background checks for housing. So where does this leave a person who according to the state has paid for their crimes? It leaves them in a position to fail instead of succeeding. This to me sounds like a master plan, a prison for profit scheme. Each state spends millions of tax payer dollars on prisons. Those states that have privatized institutions sell these prisons to the highest bidder. This creates in itself a breeding ground for corruption and greed at some of the highest government levels. Judges are receiving generous donations to ensure that they maximize their conviction and incarceration stats. So what does this say about our society that we live in. It says that America is a nation addicted to incarceration. We have the highest incarceration rate compared to any country in the world. Our movies, and television shows glorify crime, violence, and incarceration. Why for the last 20 years has Cops and Americas Most Wanted been some of the highest rate network show. Law and Order, NYPD Blue and other such shows continue to promote the expanse on greed and corruption of our legal system. We need a true reform movement in our legal system. There is over 2.3 million people incarcerated today. That is the equivalent of the city of Chicago. In addition there are tens of millions more on some kind of probation or post release control. Let us take a deep look at our society. What happened to the nation of second chances; the land of promise. Millions of Americans are lost believing that Thomas Jefferson lied when he wrote about the pursuit of happiness. Where is the American Dream? To me it seems to be more of the American Scheme.
September 19, 2013