Solutions & Ideas
We live in an age of radical discontinuity. A majority of human beings have mental fetters of conditioning and momentum of habit.
Criminology has been attempting for decades to find answers using various models, scientific methods, complex or multifaceted contemporary theories to understand criminal behavior and the factors that influence offending.
One of the most challenging parts of criminologist is to comprehend, identify and explain antisocial (criminal) behavior. There is a diversity of explanations for criminal behaviour, so let's cut through the grease and get to the stew. People should be truly free from judging, comparing, and needing to know why. It is common knowledge that most human beings respond to incentive. It's also a fact that people thirst for opportunities.
Reality is most people young and old alike come from broken homes, belong to gangs, in which they receive a form of companionship, shelter, protection, and discipline although it's of negative influence. Many human beings whether rich or poor to some degree have been raised in a subculture of abuse and/or violence. Why not change the public safety standpoint with a cost effective blueprint, incentive is needed if the objective is to change behaviour and habits. If antisocial behavior is not in societies best interest, then why do public leaders fail in their duties and obligations and most never put boots to the ground to solve issues in all communities like modernization of schools making them safe zones, and mandate aptitude testing to ensure each child throughout their educational experience is also developing their uniqueness and own realization of their purpose and value through early job training to create an independent working class.
Our public leaders know self-interest guides the motives of people and economics controls individual liberty, but their political agenda does not seem geared toward early intervention by providing vocational job training in schools-its leverage reduces crime. Now more than ever, a huge quantity of people need transition assistance, especially released felons. We must create plans for suitable-affordable living accommodations, restoration of families based on separation (single parent) due to divorce, being in the military or from incarceration, which creates a hardship and financial burden.
Legislation needs to come to the table otherwise, problems will only escalate.
The truth is there is no one-size-fit-all approach for rehabilitation! In fact, for most people criminal behaviour is the direct result of proverty, custodial abuses, environmental insults, drugs or alcohol addiction along with other attendant circumstances.
Clearly, public opinion of offenders is based upon irrational emotional fears and not fact. A series of proposals and enactments from Legislators, the Department of Corrections, and other criminal justice agencies can start to address society's emotional fears through decisive actions. It would serve society well if each regional district at the local level used mixed zone tracks of land designed as low cost rental property-with tiny housing units with separate, but equal housing stations (kitchen/bathroom/bedroom) built around a central townsquare.
Corporations, industries, manufacturing plants or farms given a tax incentive may be willing to partner with the county by expanding their enterprises on the outer parameter of said tract of land rent/lease free. Providing they grant on the job training to released felons. The town square consisting of office space for parole, probation, conditional release supervisors, counselors for rehabilitation programing and education classes, security, etc. Each housing unit and the parameter through technologies can do the monitoring and surveillance. Of course, increasing pubic safety-reducing the outstanding cost of incarceration on the taxpayers is paramount, but what politician wants to stake their political future on arguing for the release of offenders with predatory histories and considered too dangerous to release.
An important fact is, not all prisoners are so dangerous that they would be a threat to public safety to not grant parole, probation, conditional or early release. The problem is incarceration fails to prepare for successful reentry. Planning for reintegration must begin after sentencing and throughout the term of incarceration, and continue after leaving prison. Releasing people without sufficient monetary assistance,
suitable living accommodations, food (SNAP), and employment does not help them pull their boot straps up to live the American dream. Florida's discharge gratuity does not exceed $40 however, if the releasee has no employment, no residence available upon release, no continuous source of revenue or income such as social security benefits, Chapter 33, of the Florida Administrative Code does authorize additional gratuity, but it will not exceed twice the standard gratuity. How so is this adequate? Obviously some people reoffend to be able to afford the cost of living right out the gate.