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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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  • Jun 2 2012: THE ATTITUDE WE REGARD THEM DEPOND ON THEIR OWN SITUATION some of the incarcerated person should be ignoreed ,but the others should be restored.
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      Jun 2 2012: Lee,
      How does it serve our community to ignore some of them? It costs $60,000 - $80,000 per year, per person, to keep them in jail. Is it better to continue paying that money and ignore them? Or would it be more efficient/productive for all of us to help them be contributing members of the community?

      If they are in jail for a long time and we ignore them, it is a financial drain on our economy. If they are released and we have ignored them, they often re-offend. What do you think about this?
      • Jun 3 2012: those who re-offend will be not worthy costing more to restore.under this modern political and law system which will be almostly impossible to restore them which caused Bureaucracy in Modern Society.the financial cost is unavoidable which should not be called a sort of drain.
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          Jun 3 2012: Lee,
          I believe every human being is "worthy" of a chance to be a contributing member of our communities, and I also believe we all have the opportunity to support each other in that effort. Nothing is impossible, unless we believe it to be so. I've seen enough people change their lives, so I know it is possible.

          In my perception, keeping people in jail, ignoring them, without an attempt to support them with some life changes, is simply a financial drain. It is less expensive, and more logical, reasonable, and compassionate, to "spend" our time, money and energy helping offenders to be contributing members of our world.
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          Jun 3 2012: Colleen... Not all members of society will change. The sociopath (or some call psychopath) is not changable at this time. It is rare, 1% or less of the population. those do not change and continue their behavior. Knowing who is a sociopath and who is just responding to marginilzation is key to who to rehabilitate and who to keep locked up.

          It sounds harsh, but it is neccesary to reduce the victimization and exploitation in our society. Stats show that of the offenders a small 8 to 12 % commite 70 to 80% of the crimes. getting those 8 to 12% is key to truly effecting crime control and public safety.

          We need to spend our money wisly... rehabilitate those that are rehbilitatable and incarcerate those that are not.... This is not accomplished with the three strikes law. those that respond to marginalization with criminal activity are not sociopaths, and when we return them to a marginalized life will again commite crime... so figuring out who the 8 to 12% are and incarcerating htem is important, changing society to reduce the marginalization of so many members of our very wealthy society for the rest is the long term key to truly helping the rest.
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          Jun 3 2012: Dear Edan East,
          I understand that not all members of society will change, and I have expressed that idea.

          I am aware of the "stats", and I agree with you on many counts, as I have expressed on this thread.

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