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mark johnson

CEO Life To The Brim, Inc, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Retired

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Do we Ignore incarcerated men, women and juveniles or help Restore them back into community?

I am recent retired Department of Justice employee (Federal Bureau of Prisons)and Dream Coach. Part of my life's purpose is to Inspire, Impact, Empower and help Transfrom those in the space I occupy. Understanding that rehabilitation does not happen just by incarcerating a person, but actually takes place when the individual recognizes the need to change from the inside.

The likelihood of this happening is when (society) the institution create and provide programs for the inmate to participate in while incarcerated. Is such an idea grandiose? And if not what type of programs would cost effective and cognitively meaninful?

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  • May 17 2012: Citizens with criminal histories are not forgotten by society (literally speaking). Excons are not stupid and realize that they are caught in a vicious circle once they have a record. It is difficult to motivate someone who has lost hope from a psychological perspective. The parole and probation process doesn't make things any easier. Throw in a tough employment market into the mix and the delimma gets even more discouraging. People with favorable work histories and experience can't find work, so what does that tell us about the hopes for inmates after release. Heck, most employers won't even hire you if you have bad credit let alone a criminal record when the labor supply is so high. Low income jobs are mostly taken by immigrants, and they don't qualify for high level jobs, so what's left..... black market businesses are their only options under most circumstances. Now if criminals were free and clear once they paid their debt to society by paying fines, doing time, or community service etc.. then they might not lose hope and try to become productive citizens. But they are forever haunted by their past and it is a burden almost impossible to overcome. There is no mercy. Unfortunately, crime is big business for society to matters even worse. What would happen to all those people employed in law enforcement, the justice system, prisons, ATF,FBI,DEA, lawyers, etc. if they actually put an end to crime as a result of effectively doing their jobs? They would put themselves out of work, and they are not going to do that. If an enforcement agency says it has reduced crime, their budget will be cut. So it does not benefit anyone working in law enforcement to implement policies to actually reduce crime or help felons integrate back into society. I hate to be the barrer of bad news, but reality is what it is. Heck if society would just end the war on drugs and start treating drug users as an illness instead of incarserating them that would reduce so called crime by about 70%.

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