14.Apr.2010 Build more jails
I see in this mornings paper the anti-abortion folks are at it again. This time they want another state law restricting abortion thru an initiated state measure. The penalty for any doctor is a MINIMUM of 20 years in jail. So, build more jails?
In the US we already have 2.7 million in jail on any one day, and probably another million americans whose job is to keep them in jail. The US is the leading country in the world in putting its own citizens behind bars, and we constantly hear this or that politician demanding that this or that offense have a doubling of jail time. If we have a social problem the obvious solution is always to put someone in jail so we don’t have to deal with it.
You will note though that the politicians never seem to want to apply this same form of therapy to themselfs. If a political leader or government worker commits a crime against the public, the solution is never jail, but IMMUNITY! UTTER AND ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY.
Anyway, in the remote chance I should become sheriff my goal would be to shut down the county jail because of lack of use (except for maybe jailing crooked politicians and judges?). I would do that by both preventing crime and by taking lunch once a week with those in jail and talking with individual prisioners about what needs to be done to keep them out of trouble. The new Grand Forks County Jail is also more restrictive then the old county jail in letting in ministers and social organizations whose goal was to help prisioners solve the problems in their life. I think the new jail could maintain security while still allowing access to helping individuals and organizations.
Again, my goal would be to solve problems and close jails. Is that realistic? Maybe or maybe not, but it is better then our current solution which is what all 5 of my opponents support.
Oh, I notice since this sheriff race started my readership has really gone up. But I suppose it is mostly my opponents or their supporters who are trying to keep track of what I will do next. But as John Powell once stated: "The behavior of a free person is always unperdictable, simply because he is free!"